Winter Mache Salad, Crispy Egg, and Homemade Garlic Ranch Dressing

Who says leafy greens can’t be delightfully scrumptious? You? No. Me? No way! If you ask me, a luscious mound of baby lettuce leaves beneath a radiantly golden egg, dressed with the most piquant ranch dressing your little taste buds have ever had the fortune to come across is absolute gastronomic heaven.

I do not lie, folks.

Neither am I a crook. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

This dish is my interpretation of healthy salad meets…not-so-healthy salad. Kind of like when Harry Met Sally, but in food form. Sort of.

‘Cus, you know, the mache leafy greens are full of vitamins and stuff. Plus, they’re real delicate and fancy looking, which make you (the hostess with the mostess. Er. I mean, the hostest with the mostest. Hm. Well, whatever, you know what I mean) uber awesome when you present this to a crowd. Or yourself. Like I did.

The crispity, crunchety egg on top is the crown jewel of this salad, of course. She reigns above all else. And the vivaciously bold dressing ties everything together. She is the mediator. The ambassador to this harmonized, egg-studded colony of greens deliciousness.

I like words.

Can’t you tell?

I also like Words with Friends. MissSteph@nie is my user name in case you want to feel the wrath of a literary smackdown. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Enough about me. Let’s talk about you. And this awesome salad. Do it. Eat it. Love.

BTW, did I mention it has bacon in it?

Winter Mache Salad, Crispy Egg, and Homemade Garlic Ranch Dressing

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Servings: 1

Difficulty: Easy



1 thick slice applewood bacon; chopped roughly

1 whole egg

Mache lettuce leaves or any other baby leaf blend

Red onion; sliced thinly

Salt and pepper

Homemade garlic ranch dressing

Cooking Instructions:


In a small fry pan set over medium-high heat, brown the bacon bits. While this happens, begin construction of your salad. Place desired amount of mache lettuce leaves onto a big plate or bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Disperse thinly sliced red onion throughout.

When the bacon is done cooking, set aside, leaving behind the grease. Fry the egg, seasoning with salt and pepper, and then cook almost all the way through. Finish by flipping it over to cook over easy. Set aside.

Dress the salad lightly with the homemade garlic ranch dressing. Adorn the salad with the fried egg and scatter the bacon bits all around.




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  • Island VittlesJanuary 11, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    I don`t like ranch (gasp) — but I`ve never had homemade. I think that needs to change! Your pictures are getting to be awesome every time. Nice work! TheresaReplyCancel

    • StephJanuary 11, 2011 - 1:04 pm

      Thanks, Theresa! You make homemade butter, chicken stock, and sushi, and you’ve never had your hand at ranch dressing? *gasp* :pReplyCancel

  • JessicaJanuary 11, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    The Harry Meets Sally dish – haha love it. I agree with your assessment, considering that it has all of my favorite ingredients: garlic, egg and bacon.ReplyCancel

    • StephJanuary 11, 2011 - 1:05 pm


      I think THAT should be the holy trinity! :p #garliceggbaconReplyCancel

  • RitaJanuary 13, 2011 - 12:46 pm

    Wonderful recipe, as usual, Stephanie. So easy and simple, yet absolutely delicious!! (I love eggs…). I adore reading your posts! They’re always so funny!! 😛ReplyCancel

    • StephJanuary 13, 2011 - 2:36 pm

      Thanks, Rita! :-p I try to be comical. But, sometimes I don’t, and I end up being dorky anyway. Oh well. :-pReplyCancel

  • JorieJanuary 13, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Of course I love this….it has bacon in it. The golden brown edges of that egg look divine!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessJanuary 14, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    This salad looks healthy and wonderful! I have to check out the homemade ranch dressing recipe. My kids love ranch;)ReplyCancel

    • StephJanuary 14, 2011 - 3:02 pm

      Ranch is like the ultimate savior when it comes to getting kids to eat their veggies! I eat it with mah pizza pie. :pReplyCancel

  • fooddreamerJanuary 16, 2011 - 11:36 am

    A fried egg on a salad? Brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Sprinkles of ParsleyJanuary 17, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    OMG how did I not see this earlier?!! Just printed the recipe and have to make it ASAP. Unfortunately my husband despises ranch- but I love it… will have to kick him out of the house for this one! I’ve been craving a poached egg that will go great on this salad… ok twist my arm… I’ll fry it in the bacon fat instead! heheReplyCancel

  • The CilantropistJanuary 20, 2011 - 10:30 am

    Thanks for following me on twitter, and I I just checked out your blog for the first time and honestly I think it is fabulous! Cant wait to see more of the recipes you share, and I definitely enjoy your writing.

    Oh and this salad, yeah I can’t resist a fried egg on anything. Add bacon, and I am weak in the knees. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • StephJanuary 20, 2011 - 10:55 am

      Hey, Amanda!

      Thanks for stopping by! I love meeting new, enthusiastic food bloggers, so I’m super excited to follow your blog. Love the name! Cilantro and me are BFF’s. :pReplyCancel

  • Christina @ Sweet Pea's KitchenJanuary 24, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    I love the fried egg on the salad! Yummy! I need to make this!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rachel {Mother's Mementos}February 15, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    This salad looks delicious! And the photos on your site are simply amazing.

    Thank you for befriending on Foodbuzz.ReplyCancel

    • StephFebruary 16, 2011 - 8:12 am

      Hey Rachel! Thank you! This salad was pretty darn tasty, I have to admit. 🙂 Nice to meet you!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMarch 15, 2011 - 10:32 am

    I need to get my hands on some mache! I keep reading about it but I have never tried it. Beautiful salad =)ReplyCancel

  • knitternFebruary 15, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    The only eggs I have eaten on a salad is hard boiled. I have over the past year started trying, and enjoying, over easy eggs. I have seen this on “top chef” but did not know if a runny egg on a salad would taste good or not? I think the bacon would definitely tie this together very well, and am heading to the kitchen right now to see what this taste like! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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