Spring is a wonderful time to simplify- to throw open the windows, linger a bit longer outside (enjoying the sun), and go back to the basics of cooking. I think it’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to recipes. I see some recipes on Pinterest and I can’t help but think how long the ingredient lists must be.
While there is a time for that, I don’t believe it is spring. This is the time of year to lightly cook some asparagus, top it with an egg, and call it a meal or pull radishes/green onions from the ground, rinse them off, and eat them raw by dipping them into a bit of salt (a favorite of grandfather’s.) My spring motto: Light meals, simple flavors (and in this context- simple is not a bad word.)
This spinach salad is in my realm light meals, simple flavors. I have a certain penchant for roasted potatoes (especially when tossed with garlic). The garlic is definitely the flavor here while everything is plays a small accompanying roll (even the mustard dressing, while flavorful, is more ancillary than a main character.) I suggest the buttercream potatoes but baby red potatoes or fingerlings would work just as well.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve overhauled my technique for making hard-boiled eggs. I landed on a method that works for soft, jammy eggs or those tried and true hard-boiled eggs. My old method started the eggs in warm water and then watched them until the water boiled. Inevitably, I’d lose track and end up with grey eggs.
Now I use the method for the 7 minute egg and adjust the time as needed. Just a solid pot of boiling water. If I want a tender egg, it’s 10 minutes. If I want a full, hard-boiled egg: go for 12 minutes. This salad works well with any egg on the cooked-yolk spectrum.
Spinach has my heart in this salad but regular greens or massaged kale would work as well. Just use what you have on hand- the real winning combination is the egg and potato.
While I’m obviously all about the egg in this salad, you do have options. Drop the egg in lieu of your favorite tofu recipe. Or, my other favorite option is to cook up some of this smoky tempeh (which makes it feel a bit like a breakfast salad!)
A simple lunch or dinner salad with roasted potatoes, eggs, and spinach.
- ½ pound baby potatoes (I used buttercream)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups lightly packed baby spinach
- 2 soft or hard-boiled eggs, sliced or quartered
- Black pepper, for serving
- Salt, for serving
- Crushed red pepper, for serving
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar (or a light vinegar)
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons honey (or cane sugar)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Quarter the potatoes and add to the water, cooking for 3-4 minutes. The potatoes should just be tender and have a good firmness to them. Drain and place in a roasting pan. Add the garlic and drizzle the potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir until the potatoes are well oiled and garlic is dispersed among the potatoes. Bake for 25-35 minutes until garlic is browning, stirring at least once halfway through (see note). Remove and let cool slightly.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. In a separate bowl, combine the spinach, eggs, and roasted potatoes. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss until the salad is coated with dressing.
*I boil the potatoes before roasting to help speed up the time this salad gets to the table. However, if I have time, I skip the boiling and instead roast the potatoes for 40-45 minutes.