Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen AdventuresThis salad might not be the healthiest way to start off a New Year’s weight-loss resolution, but it’s a step in the right direction. I created this bacon-and-egg dish when I was a chef at a French bistro in Minneapolis in the early ’90s. Within a week or two it was a massively popular lunch special and our best seller at brunch. It’s hard to beat the contrasting combination of salty and sweet, hot and cold, soft and crunchy.—Andrew Zimmern Slideshow: Warm Winter Salads 

Andrew Zimmern
January 2013


Credit: © Stephanie Meyer

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45 mins


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  • In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the fat isrendered, about 7 minutes. Spoon off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat. Add the onion and cook, stirring,until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the sherry vinegar, sugar and mustard, scraping up any brownedbits from the bottom of the skillet. Remove from the heat and whisk in the olive oil. Keep warm oververy low heat.

  • Fill a large, deep skillet two-thirds full with water. Add the distilled vinegar and bring to a baresimmer. Break each egg into a small bowl and slide one at a time into the water. Poach the eggs untilthe whites are set but the yolks are still soft, about 4 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoonand drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.

  • In a large bowl, toss the watercress with the baby greens and frisée. Add the warm dressing and tossto coat. Transfer the salad to bowls and top with the eggs. Garnish with the chopped herbs and serve right away.