warm spinach salad with fried egg and potatoes

today was nipply cold here in the city. the early afternoon sunny skies were just a tease for the gusts and snowflakes that would somehow arrive at the exact time i walked out of the prince street station for a shopping binge. the snow part (the little that fell) was a welcome sight, as even i, miss-i-hate-winter, do like the childish joy that seems to come from nowhere when i feel snowflakes falling on my face. and i really miss those all out nor'easter blizzards that seem to be a thing of the past.

but i absolutely hate strong winds in the city. i have this paralyzing fear that debris (scaffolding, bricks, glass, signposts, whatever) will break loose and come flying straight towards my head. yes, i know, this is completely neurotic, but IT DOES HAPPEN. so don't blame me if i walk through the streets in a complete haze, steeling my jaw at every whip, snap, and crack heard against the wind. it goes along with that same only-in-new-york fear when i am forced to walk over sidewalk grates. again, it does happen!! i've learned to deal with that by holding my breath every time i have to walk over one. as if somehow the lack of oxygen will be my savior if i fall onto a con edison transformer. whatever it takes to get me across the street!

so after a cold afternoon of running errands to here, here, and here (which that last one, by the way, was a total bust; more in another post) we were in the mood for just a super easy dinner. i had been wanting to try this meal since i read about it last month. i love spinach. i love eggs. i love potatoes. so a salad with all three sounds like a yummy winner to me!!

i did use two eggs instead of one, and i don't like sunnyside, so my photo doesn't look as pretty as martha's. however it was just as tasty as i had imagined!

this also reminds me of the mark bittman blog entry that nicole over at pinch my salt references. while we tend to make vinaigrettes for certain dishes, usually i am just lazy and end up buying salad dressings, albeit better than average ones. however, after making this dish, and reading the reasons why no vinaigrette (or dressing in general) should be store bought, the mimis have resolved to do homemade dressings from now on!

warm spinach salad with fried egg and potatoes: serves 4
adapted from martha's everday food magazine (dec 2007, p. 115)

4 yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
olive oil
canola oil
salt + pepper
2 tb olive oil for vinaigrette
2 tb red-wine vinegar
1 tb dijon mustard
1 shallot, minced
2 bunches baby spinach (2 lbs total), washed well and torn
2 oz parmesan cheese, shaved with peeler
8 large eggs

1. preheat oven to 375F. toss potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. place on sheet pan and roast until golden and tender, 30-40 minutes.

2. meanwhile, combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and shallot. season with salt and pepper, and whisk to combine.

3. in large bowl, combine spinach, parmesan, and vinaigrette. add potatoes. toss salad until spinach is slightly wilted.

4. heat skillet with canola oil over medium. gently crack eggs into skillet and cook over medium (or really, however soft your prefer). top each salad with the fried eggs and serve immediately.

tossed in vinaigrette

protein, veggies, carbs ... yummm!


  1. Crate and Barrel and Sur la Table...sounds like my kind of shopping day! I visited New York City last summer for the first time and I constantly tried to avoid the sidewalk grates (not always possible). And whenever I had to walk across one, I held my breath, too :-)

    That salad looks really wonderful! I'm not a huge spinach eater so I'm always looking for ways to dress it up! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. i swear i go into C+B looking for three things, and i always come out with thirteen!!

    funny, i thought i was the only one who held my breath over those grates! now i know there is someone else out there as neurotic as i :)

  3. This sounds so delicious!