Spinach salad with poached egg and crispy sausage

Spinach salad with poached egg and crispy sausage

What do you do when you’re a bit lazy and even the idea of going out to buy groceries seems like a huge task, but you’re pretty hungry at the same time? In my case, it means going through the fridge like an idiot, looking for any leftovers or forgotten foods. Meanwhile trying to think of different combinations to make good use of the found treasures.

My fridge kind of let me down on this particular occasion, my hunt for leftovers left me with just a small amount of fresh spinach and a quarter of a Dutch dry sausage. Luckily one of my kitchen basics is to always (always!) have some eggs. They’re so versatile and they make a quick meal any time of day. Lifesavers, really!

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Spinach salad with poached egg and crispy sausage

My initial idea was to make oven-baked eggs with spinach and sausage. But I was worried the spinach would get dry and crunchy, and that’s not the way this Popeye prefers her spinach. Then I thought of making a super simple salad of spinach, the sausage baked into crispy little bits, with a poached egg and a balsamic mustard dressing. With a few slices of nice grilled bread it made a perfect lunch, allowing me to postpone leaving the comfort of my house for a couple of hours.

Bon appétit!

Spinach salad with crispy sausage and poached egg

Serving Size: 1


  • About 100 gr (a little less than 1/2 cup) of fresh spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 of any dry sausage, chopped in small pieces
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Slices of bread
  • For the dressing
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of mustard
  • 1 tbsp of white balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to your liking


Put the spinach in a serving bowl

Heat a grill pan and bake the sausage pieces (no oil needed) on medium heat until crunchy and golden

Take out the sausage pieces, we'll use the pan again for the bread

Drizzle the bread with 1 tbsp of olive oil on both sides

Grill a few minutes per side on medium heat

Take the egg and break it carefully over a coffee cup, keep the egg in there

Put a pan of water on the stove, on high heat, until it boils

Use a whisk to form a whirlpool in the water, stirring it constantly in one direction

Take out the whisk, turn down the heat and gently slide in the egg from the coffee cup

Set a timer to 3 minutes

Make sure the water's not boiling anymore, you need hot, but not boiling water

Meanwhile whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together

Take out the egg after the three minutes and place on top of the spinach

Toss in the baked sausage and drizzle with the dressing

Serve with the grilled bread

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spinach salad with poached egg and crispy sausage