Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette

I may have mentioned a time or two how much I hate mornings, which is really a crying shame, because I love breakfast!

I mean really love breakfast…

Since I don’t get up early unless absolutely required to (which now that I’m working is a little too often for my blood), I am always looking for great breakfast recipes that work well for dinner. It’s like a win-win for me – I get to sleep in and I get to eat breakfast.

My kids call it Binner. You know, like brunch at dinner time.

When I saw this recipe for Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette on A Spicy Perspective, I thought to myself, hello! Which was immediately followed by God I love her blog!

Sommer’s beautiful photography and ample use of bacon keep me hooked day after day. And when I saw this salad, it moved up in the “gotta make it ASAP” queue.

At this point it’s worth mentioning that my kids hate salad. I wish I knew why, but they just never touch the stuff.

You know what? They ate heaping plates full of this stuff. Even better? They ate seconds! (Thank you Sommer!!)

This recipe is definitely a keeper.

I made a only a few slight changes simply to reduce the amount of sugar and fat in the recipe a little to make it a smidge healthier.

Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette

Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

6 cups French Bread Cubes

3 Tablespoons Melted Butter

2 tbs. Sugar

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

¼ cups Maple Syrup

¼ cups Vegetable Oil

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard

½ teaspoons Salt

Black Pepper To Taste

6 slices of Bacon, cooked and crumbled

6 Eggs

6 cups Baby Spinach

1 cup Toasted Pecans

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

Directions

For the cinnamon toast croutons:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the bread cubes on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Mix the melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon together and drizzle over the bread cubes, tossing to coat evenly. Bake for 5-8 minutes until toasted.

For the maple vinaigrette:

In a small bowl, whisk the maple syrup, oil, vinegar, mustard, and salt together until smooth. Add pepper to taste. Set aside.

Cut bacon into lardons, cook and drain off the fat. Set aside.

Prepare the eggs to your liking—scrambled, poached, sunny-side-up, or hard-boiled.

In a large bowl, combine baby spinach, cinnamon toast croutons, pecans, dried cranberries, and bacon lardons. Drizzle with Maple Vinaigrette and toss to coat. Divide salad equally among the six portions, top with a warm egg and serve.

*Notes

Only slightly adapted from A Spicy Perspective

For the original recipe, check out A Spicy Perspective. And while you’re there, check out her Authentic Indian Chai and Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Beer.

I’m sharing this on Mingle Monday over at Add a Pinch.  Won’t you join me?

 

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Comments

  1. 1

    These photos! To die for! And this salad, same. I love, love, love a great, drippy egg. And when paired with maple and cinnamon and thrown on top of salad? What’s not to love?

  2. 2

    Why have I never thought of a breakfast salad? Brilliant idea, Jen. Sounds wonderful!

  3. 3

    I, too, hate getting up early, but I love having the whole day ahead of me by getting up at 6 am. (ugh.) Once I’m up I’m usually fine. :)

    The salad looks great and is a great idea, too!

  4. 4

    I have never had SALAD for breakfast before, but this sounds really intriguing! Great photographs, too – they make me hungry just looking at them!

  5. 6

    This sounds and looks sensational. I’d eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Love the croutons, spinach and everything else piled on this luscious plate. Thanks for sharing. Now to make it!

  6. 7

    Hi Jen:
    How are you doing, and the kids??

    This is right up my alley, what a great recipe!

    We have to go to the grocery store to pick up a few things today, so spinach and bacon will be added to the list.

    Thanks for sharing

    Have a Joyful Day

    Charlie

    P.S. I absolutely love your dishes!
    Are they a specific brand?
    Where did you get them?

    • 8

      I’m glad you liked it! The dishes are from Pier 1, but they were from about a year ago so they might be hard to find. They’ve got a similar pattern now though with the same scalloped edges which I was also tempted by. Only I don’t have room in the cabinet for them!

  7. 9

    What a great idea! Sounds delicious. I might actually get my son to eat something green if it has cinnamon on it!

  8. 11

    This is such an interesting idea!! BREAKFAST salad, sounds crazy at first, but the more I think about it, the more I really like it!

  9. 12

    This looks so delicious! Cinnamon toast croutons sound amazing!

  10. 13

    What a creative recipe – brreakfast salad could not look any better :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  11. 14

    I am with you on loving breakfast food! It is hands down my favorite meal of the day. YUM! And breakfast salad?? I wonder if I could talk my husband into this idea…because I LOVE IT! :-)

  12. 15

    You still amaze me that you can cook such wonderful balanced meals with your hectic schedule! This looks awesome!!

    • 16

      Oh don’t let me fool you! There are certainly nights when we eat grilled cheese for dinner because I’m too tired to care about anything else!

  13. 17

    :) Have to agree with you..mornings are hard for me too, but got to get up early no matter what!:) I love your idea and recipe look and sound really delicious! Thank you for sharing sweetie and have a lovely the rest of the day!

  14. 19

    What a fantastic idea, especially for non-morning people. Cinnamon toast croutons sound heavenly.

  15. 20

    Now that’s what I call complete package! What a hearty and beautiful breakfast!

  16. 22

    I love the mornings especially just before the sun starts to shine. Funny thing I don’t have a problem eating salad for breakfast so it works for me. Love the cinnamon croutons. A very cool recipe Jen.

  17. 24

    Truthfully, I couldn’t face this at breakfast. But I sure could for lunch, brunch or dinner! Great combination of flavors.

  18. 25

    I have never had green leaves salad in breakfast. But this look something special with eggs and cinnamon toast..

  19. 26

    Your kids ate salad for breakfast??? That’s reason enough to try this amazing salad! And Sommer inspires me, too. Beautifully done, Jen~

  20. 28

    I love breakfast at dinner! And this looks delicious and beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
    Ceecee

  21. 29

    My sister is a huge fan of salad with breakfast! I am going to send her this lovely recipe! She is going to flip her lid! LOL

  22. 30

    Very creative salad and I could certainly eat this for brunch, lunch or dinner. I’m not sure about breakfast (I love egg and cinnamon toast, but something about raw greens early in the morning…), but I’m impressed the kids scarfed it down. That’s a true compliment!

  23. 31

    I am so intrigued by the flavors in this! I also love breakfast, and this is a great way to start the day.

  24. 32

    I don’t normally have breakfast but this looks like breakfast heaven on a plate!

  25. 33

    I am loving this! A salad for breakfast, that is marvelous! I love an egg on a salad and that toast would be a delicious addition as well! So creative ;)!

  26. 34

    Breakfast salad?! Genius! As are the cinnamon toast croutons!

  27. 35

    This is so clever! I love the idea of a breakfast salad….especially those croutons :)

  28. 36

    Jen….I am such a huge fan of breakfast for dinner! I can’t tell you how many times my boys requested pancakes or french toast for dinner. But a breakfast salad is even better. Sounds like a perfect combination of savory with just a hint of sweet! Looks fabulous! And I really LOVE your plates!!!! : )

  29. 38

    I’m only a morning person when I have time to make a breakfast like this. It’s one of a million reasons why I seriously live for weekends :) This salad looks amazing!

  30. 39

    I could eat this “salad” any time of the day! What a great combination of flavors and textures. Those croutons are a fabulous touch! It all makes a beautiful presentation and definitely something I would lot to sit down to eat.

  31. 40

    I just told my Hubby we are having salad for breakfast tomorrow :) lol I love this idea, Jen! The croutons are mouth-watering… Is it morning already?

  32. 42

    OMGee. YES! Sign me up please! This looks amazing :)

  33. 43

    okay, this is brilliant, just brilliant! i am definitely making it this weekend!

  34. 45

    gorgeous!! my husband is always turning down breakfast for dinner, but this I think I could get away with!!

  35. 47

    This looks like something I’d adore… on a warm summer’s morning, sitting out on the balcony with this… yeah – that would be perfect!

    Nice to know I’m not the only person who hates mornings but loves breakfasts… sometimes dragging myself out of bed to make the sunday breakfast is SO hard!

  36. 49

    That looks SO good! There’s something about an egg on top of a dish that make it special! YUM!

  37. 50

    Oh yum, yum. This would taste good and make me feel like I am beginning the day healthy. Although I would probably eat way too many of the croutons.

  38. 52

    Very cool recipe, very cool blog.

  39. 53

    This sounds like a gorgeous mix of flavors, love the idea of adding cinnamon toast croutons! I love breakfast too, it is the best meal of the day:-) Hugs, Terra

  40. 54

    What a cool idea! Sounds delicious.

  41. 55

    This binner looks incredible! I love all of these ingredients. Mmmmm…

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