Asparagus salad with a runny poached egg

Asparagus salad with a runny poached egg

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 8 mins


Serves 2

A simple, balanced bistro-style salad that's low in calories but high in flavour, texture and nutrition

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal228
  • fat13g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre5g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 200g peeled cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), cut into bite-sized pieces



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • 2 handfuls mixed leaves
  • ¼ cucumber, cut into batons
  • 8 asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Pour the olive oil and vinegar into a small bowl, mix well and add the beetroot. Divide the mixed leaves and cucumber between 2 plates.

  2. Blanch the asparagus in a pan of simmering water for 2 mins, then remove and set aside. Crack the eggs into the pan and simmer gently for 3 mins until the whites are cooked and the yolks are just beginning to set, but still runny. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  3. Meanwhile, add the beetroot to the salad plates, pour over the dressing and lightly toss together. Top each plate with asparagus and a poached egg to serve.

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Che Guevaraa's picture
Che Guevaraa
31st May, 2020
Bit on the boring side. I would only make again if I needed to use up the ingredients and couldn’t think of anything else. It’s not un-tasty it’s just bland.
27th Jul, 2016
Wasn't sure whether I'd like it having read the previous comment because I don't always like egg recipes, but it was good. I only loosely followed the recipe - I had my normal salad, pickled beetroot, asparagus and runny fried eggs. The flavours were very nice together and it was less dry that your standard salad. I had quite a lot and cooked 2 eggs, which was a little samey by the end, but a smaller portion with maybe some homemade coleslaw, may have been better. Salads are never the most fun food anyway, for a salad it was very nice and I would make it again!
28th Apr, 2015
Delicious? Did I do something wrong? No taste apart from Balsamic and not interesting or filling.
4th Aug, 2014
This was DELISH! Enjoyed this as a lovely light lunch with my hubby on his first day off. The balsamic vinegar really enhanced the beetroot and the runny egg added to the dressing. Gorgeous meat free meal to kickstart our diet!
17th Jul, 2014
Had this for dinner. Delicious
11th Jul, 2014
Delcious, particulalry the beetroot soaked in balsamic! I personally think there a better ways of poaching an egg but who cares when it tasted so yummy.
8th Jul, 2014
I work five minutes away from my house so I get to go home for my hour long lunch break. I tried this recipe today and found it was really quick, simple and very tasty! Love the runny egg and the beetroot together.
Chuns's picture
6th Jul, 2014
This is really nice. Make sure to keep the yolk runny because it mixed well with the salad. I don't like beetroot, instead you can just use cherry tomatoes. They work really well!
25th Jun, 2014
A nice light lunch but also filling.
20th Jun, 2014
As I only make lunch for 1 I had this over 2 days and it's OK, but nothing special. I thought the asparagus past their best.


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