Maple-Bacon and Avocado Salad
- about 2 ounces (2 handfuls) romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
- 1 large egg, soft-boiled
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 2 slices bacon, chopped (I use Applegate Uncured Sunday Bacon with no antibiotics, nitrites, or nitrates, though I really have no idea what any of this means)
- 1/3 cup white or yellow onion, chopped
- cilantro-scallion mixture, chopped (optional)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ground red pepper flakes to taste
- black pepper to taste
- salt to taste
- Wash and dry romaine lettuce, then set aside. Put whole egg into a small saucepan and fill with water an inch or two above the egg; bring water to a boil, then remove pot from heat and cover for ten minutes. When ten minutes have passed, empty hot water and replace with cold water and a handful of ice cubes.
- Chop onion and bacon and mince garlic. In a stainless steel skillet, heat olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until edges are just beginning to brown. Add onion and garlic and cook for one or two minutes before adding maple syrup and a dash of salt. Stop cooking when onion and garlic have browned slightly, then pour into the salad bowl to cool.
- Chop avocado and add to bowl, along with torn romaine lettuce. Remove egg from cold water; with a sharp knife, slice egg through the shell, down the center. With a small spoon, and careful to avoid shell pieces, scoop the egg out and into the bowl. Chop egg with a fork and add ground red pepper and black pepper to the salad before tossing.
- Garnish with fresh, chopped cilantro and scallions, and, if you have it, a pinch of flaky sea salt.
The after-work salad is varied in its ingredients, but a few of its necessary attributes will always remain the same: healthy, hearty, and flavorful. Likely you’re hungry and exhausted, having just powered through the work day, so you need simplicity and energy from this meal (especially if you’re about to go to or have just returned from the gym).
This after-work salad gets major flavor—sweet, salty, and smoky—from crunchy bacon bits cooked in maple syrup, and hits all the satiety points with rich avocado and a protein-packed egg. Let’s not forget the veggies and herbs and other good-for-you stuff: romaine lettuce, onion, garlic, scallion, and cilantro. (Quick tip for easier access and cleanup: At the beginning of the week, wash and dry all the greens. Put romaine lettuce in a big plastic bag. Chop up the scallions, cilantro, and onion. In a small bowl, toss together cilantro and scallions and cover with seran wrap. In another small bowl, put chopped onion and cover with seran wrap.)