This asparagus salad topped with poached eggs is satisfying yet light, making it a nice option for lunch, brunch or even dinner with some crusty bread. Roasting brings out a toasty flavor in the asparagus. We like this salad with medium-set poached eggs so the yolks are still a little runny, but poach your eggs for the full 8 minutes if you prefer hard-set yolks.

Victoria Abbott Riccardi
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2011


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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  • Toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, until very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon oil, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, shallot and dry mustard in the bowl. Set aside 4 teaspoons of the dressing in a small bowl.

  • When the asparagus is done, set aside to cool while you poach the eggs.

  • Break each egg into its own small bowl. Fill a large, straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven with 2 inches of water; bring to a boil. Add vinegar. Reduce to a gentle simmer: the water should be steaming and small bubbles should come up from the bottom of the pan. Submerging the lip of each bowl into the simmering water, gently add the eggs, one at a time. Cook 4 minutes for soft set, 5 minutes for medium set and 8 minutes for hard set. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a clean kitchen towel to drain for a minute.

  • Toss arugula with the dressing in the large bowl. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Top with asparagus and a poached egg and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the reserved dressing. Garnish with cheese.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dressing (Step 3) for up to 1 day.

Tip: To make shaved cheese for topping salads or pasta, use a vegetable peeler to thinly shave slices off a block of hard cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Asiago or Pecorino Romano.

Easy cleanup: To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you bake.

Nutrition Facts

239 calories; protein 13.1g; carbohydrates 8.6g; dietary fiber 3.4g; sugars 3.1g; fat 17.9g; saturated fat 4.4g; cholesterol 191.1mg; vitamin a iu 2666.2IU; vitamin c 22.1mg; folate 241.9mcg; calcium 228.2mg; iron 2.8mg; magnesium 51.3mg; potassium 534.8mg; sodium 360.9mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
This is a tasty meal served with baguette. Very flavourful; love the roasted asparagus. Make it as is with two poached eggs per serving. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Uniques combination We prepared this for our "Let's Eat Healthy" group and loved the combination of flavors. Suggestion - didn't seem to be enough dressing so we doubled the lemon juice and added a tablespoon of red wine vinegar. Wonderful flavor and just the right about of dressing. Pros: Tasty easy to prepare Cons: needed more dressing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
simple and delicious this salad was easy to make and delicious. asparagus is in season and excellent right now. Pros: easy to make Read More