Breakfast salad

Jill Dupleix
Make friends with salad: Breakfast salad packs a punch.
Make friends with salad: Breakfast salad packs a punch. Photo: Edwina Pickles

The breakfast salad snuck onto the radar in gym-adjacent, paleo-friendly cafes, and stayed. It seems even the kale smoothie generation is slowly learning that a variety of good food is better for them than any rigid diet. Add leftover baked beans, brown rice, roast vegies, chicken or salmon, fruit or fresh ricotta or feta; and toss in a simple yoghurt vinaigrette.


50g edamame

50g small green beans

2 tbsp natural yoghurt

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

sea salt and pepper

100g mixed rocket, frisee, baby spinach leaves

2 tbsp dill and/or mint leaves

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 avocado, halved, stoned and sliced lengthwise

1 lemon or lime, finely sliced

2 tbsp almonds

2 tbsp goji berries

4 soft-boiled eggs, unpeeled


1. Cook the edamame and green beans in simmering salted water for three minutes or until tender. Drain and pod the edamame, discarding the pods.

2. To make the dressing, whisk the yoghurt, vinegar, olive oil, a dash of water, sea salt and pepper in a large bowl, adding one tablespoon of water if it's too thick.

3. Add the mixed leaves, half the herbs and cherry tomatoes and lightly toss. Arrange on four plates, top with sliced avocado, sliced lemon, almonds and goji berries.

4. Cut the eggs in half through their shells. Nestle two egg halves in each salad, drizzle with any remaining dressing, scatter with sea salt, pepper and remaining herbs, and serve.