French Fridays with Dorie – Bacon, Egg, and Asparagus Salad


I stare at the picture of this week’s entry for French Fridays with Dorie wishing it would help me flesh out this post.  For the first time in a couple of weeks I find myself without recipe-twisting produce, decent quotes about the ingredients, or a story to frame the simple exquisiteness of this salad.  I added tiny tomatoes to the mixed greens, marveled at the soft-boiled egg technique, and found the meal very satisfying.  DH liked it too.

I had to play a bit with the dressing because I do not have any nut oils or sherry vinegar in the house at this time.  It turned out okay, which means the ‘real’ version must be incredible.  My attempt at a nutty oil consisted of a tablespoon of grapeseed oil mixed with a couple of drops of dark sesame oil.  For the sherry vinegar, I used equal parts of regular sherry and lemon juice.

My loquacious self will be back soon!  In the meantime, please do check out how the rest of the French Fridays crowd did with this salad.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

33 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie – Bacon, Egg, and Asparagus Salad”

  1. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    May 20, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Adriana, your vinaigrette sounded loquacious to me! (I’ve got to Google up the meaning of that word..haha). Lovely looking salad, btw.

  2. Adriana
    May 20, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Loquacious is a fancy way of saying that I can talk A LOT sometimes. 🙂 It’s been a tough month at work and stress has been sapping some of my creative juices.

  3. Cher
    May 20, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I absolutely understand – some times inspiration just isn’t there and it seems more like a chore than a pleasure! Hang in there. Something will jump kick those creative juices when you least expect it. Happy Friday.

  4. Kathy
    May 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    Your salad looks wonderful and sometimes there is nothing more to say! Great photo!

  5. Anne-Marie
    May 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    It looks delicious, especially that perfect soft-boiled egg.

  6. yummychunklet
    May 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    I think your salad turned out just great! I didn’t have nut oils either and not a fan of mustard, so I just made a simple vinaigrette with olive oil and white wine vinegar.

  7. norma
    May 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    This salad just called my name. It is perfection and I am inspired to make it. Very delicate and mouthwatering.

  8. Eileen
    May 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    That photo says it all! Looks good!

  9. natalia
    May 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    ciao ! I love the photo ! I’m almost never loquacious but appreciate your post anyway !

  10. Patty
    May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi Adriana,You let your very creative and luscious salad do all the talking for you this week;-)It is a delicious salad and why not have fun with the dressing? It’s a good place to experiment with different flavors;-)Have a nice relaxing weekend, Patty

  11. luciacara
    May 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Your salad looks terrific – I thought the soft-boiled egg really made the salad. We loved it – and we used grapeseed oil in the vinaigrette, too. Gotta try the hazelnut.

  12. luciacara
    May 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Your salad looks terrific – I thought the soft-boiled egg really made the salad. We loved it – and we used grapeseed oil in the vinaigrette, too. Gotta try the hazelnut.

  13. Denise
    May 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Don’t worry, new inspiration and words will come back soon ;-)I like you addition of tomatoes – beautiful salad.

  14. Liz
    May 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Beautiful photo! I know your version was delicious….I couldn’t really taste the walnut oil, so it was a very subtle flavor change. The tomatoes sound like a delicious addition 🙂

  15. The Mom Chef
    May 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    You know, sometimes a picture doesn’t need too many words and this is definitely one of those times. The gorgeousness of the asparagus and egg speaks for itself. It’s perfect.

  16. Dessert By Candy
    May 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    The important thing is that you made the salad and enjoyed it! Sometimes writing can take a backseat. 🙂

  17. The Café Sucré Farine
    May 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    This looks beautiful and delicious! The colors are lovely and I would like to order a large salad right now, yum!

  18. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    May 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Your salad looks fabulous! 🙂

  19. Elaine
    May 21, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    Your salad is so pretty and colorful, Adriana! You don’t need to write about it – the picture is beautiful!

  20. Betsy
    May 21, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    Hi Adriana, Even if you don’t have much to say about this week’s recipe, a picture speaks a thousand words, and your salad, especially the egg, looks perfect.

  21. Krissy
    May 21, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    Your photo is beautiful. I agree with Betsy who said your pic is worth many wonderful words. The colors are so vibrant and the presentation just lets me know that your salad was delicious. I wouldn’t mine eating it now.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    Loquacious – love that word! I also love that runny egg yolk…yum!

  23. Yuri
    May 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADRIANA!!!! Your salad looks delicious 🙂 Hope you have a FUN day :)xoxo

  24. Teresa
    May 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    It’s your birthday? I hope you have a very happy one. I don’t think the occasional short post is a crime – there’ve been a few posts where I’ve thought to myself, “I like it, but what else do I have to say???”Your dressing sounds delicious. I think Dorie’s recipes are great jumping off points for creativity.

  25. Adriana
    May 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    It is today! Another year older, hopefully a bit wiser, and looking forward to a great meal tonight! 🙂

  26. tricia s.
    May 22, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    That photo is amazing – I even love how your great yellow bowl accents your counter 🙂 What a great shot. And I can’t believe you managed to swing all the subsitutions – bonus points for your creativity. Nana raved about this one and my guys are waiting for me to make it now too. One more week of business travel but it looks like I will be rocking this salad over the Memorial Day weekend – great job !

  27. kitchenarian
    May 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    With such a beautiful salad you don’t need to say a thing. Great job.

  28. Mary
    May 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    This looks wonderful and that egg is perfectly cooked. I’m new to your blog and have been browsing through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  29. mygreatmenu
    May 23, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    Your picture looks beautiful. Great job using what you had on hand.

  30. Cakelaw
    May 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    I want to dip my finger in that lovely runny egg in your photo! Gorgeous shot.

  31. K
    May 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    What a gorgeous salad! Makes me wish I had made it (again!) for lunch today:).

  32. StephRussell26
    June 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Um…yum! I’m staring at your picture and it looks delicious! I wish I could have that for breakfast! :-p Can’t go wrong with eggs and bacon…


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