Warm Salad of Soft-Cooked Eggs and Smoked Salmon

December 6, 2014

Author Notes: Inspiration from the classic combo of bagels and lox brought about this brunch dish that's light but full of the classic flavors of smoked fish, assertive greens, and soft-cooked eggs. A warm mustard-shalllot vinaigrette tops it all with a punch of flavor. Serve it with toasted bagels, crusty bread or rolls. Donna

Serves: 4


  • A large handful of baby spinach and baby arugula, for each serving of salad
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine or Champagne vinegar
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill leaves
  • 2 small roasted beets, peeled, quartered, and cut into small wedges
  • 4 to 6 ounces hot-smoked salmon, skin removed and broken into large flakes (you could use smoked trout or whitefish, if you prefer)
  • 4 eggs
  • Toasted bagels, bread, or rolls, to serve alongside the salad
In This Recipe


  1. In a medium bowl, toss together the greens and half the minced shallot. Keep cool while you prep the remainder of the ingredients.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt. Whisk in the olive oil and cream to form a smooth emulsified dressing. Add the chopped dill and the remaining minced shallot and check the seasoning. Set aside close to the stove top.
  3. Put the eggs in a saucepan of cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a slightly less vigorous boil and cook for 3 minutes. In the meantime set the saucepan of dressing over a low heat and warm gently, whisking from time to time.
  4. Arrange a quarter of the greens on each of four salad plates. Scatter over a quarter of the beets and a quarter of the flaked salmon. When the eggs are cooked, quickly peel them and set one atop each salad. Drizzle with a generous portion of the warm dressing and serve with the toasted bagels.

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