My Mega Salad – Bacon, Beetroot, Rocket and Asparagus, with a Zingy Horseradish Dressing, Croutons and a Boiled Egg

One of my new year’s resolutions is to get more creative with salads, I say one of because I have so many, and they are all food based! It is never appealing when you go out for lunch and in the salad section it is listed:

Tuna Salad

Ham Salad

Cheese Salad

It just turns me right off, and I just think, ‘come on, give me some oomph!’ I don’t know about you but when I read ‘Salad’ in a restaurant I just think lettuce, tomato and cucumber; and then whatever extra item the restaurant has decided to throw on-top. Salads can be wonderful and they deserve the respect of a bit if jazz. Give them a zingy dressing, throw in some different textures and you will probably be more satisfied if you add a carb in there too. I think this salad has everything; lots of vegetables, multiple textures, flavoursome proteins, crunchy croutons and topped off with a super zing of a dressing! Go on, give it a try!

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Serves 2

–          2-3 pickled beetroots – chopped into small cubes

–          2 sliced bread – cut into small cubes

–          5 rashes bacon

–          1 tbsp olive oil

–          2 eggs – boiled and sliced into 4

–          8 asparagus stalks

–          2 big handfuls rocket

–          1 small red onion – very finely sliced

–          ¼ cucumber – cut into thin strips

For the Dressing – mix together the following ingredients

–          Juice ½ Lemon

–          3 heap tsp natural yoghurt

–          1 heap tsp creamed horseradish

Pre-Heat the oven to 200’C

Toss the beetroot in a little olive oil and roast in the roast for half an hour

Combine the cucumber, onion and rocket together in a large bowl and set aside until ready to plate up.

Heat a griddle pan with the olive oil and fry the bacon on this. Once the bacon is cooked, remove and fry the bread cubes and asparagus in the juices for a couple of minutes until the asparagus is cooked and the bread is golden and crispy

Once the beetroot is cooked plate all the ingredients and drizzle with the dressing.

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20 comments

  1. jonathanochart said on January 9, 2013 Reply

    Mega salads are probably my favorite salads – this one looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

    – Jonathan I http://styleoverstress.wordpress.com

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  2. PsyKdeliaSmith said on January 9, 2013 Reply

    Wow, this looks amazing! I want!! 😛

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  3. juliabarrett said on January 9, 2013 Reply

    Oh my gosh that salad looks so good – some of my favorites, alone and in combination.

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  4. 365daysofbacon said on January 9, 2013 Reply

    yum! this looks really good

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  5. naimavanswol said on January 9, 2013 Reply

    This looks great!

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  6. luchessa said on January 9, 2013 Reply

    Great recipe. Looks so yammy. I love anything with green asparagus.
    (you should be on twitter and tweet your amazing recipes away!)

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    1. homemadewithmess said on January 13, 2013 Reply

      Thanks 😀 Asparagus is great isn’t it!? I am actually on twitter, although I have to admit I have not quite got the hang of it. I should be @homemadewithmes (I think the extra s at the end made it too long) but my user name is homemade with mess. I tend to just press the ‘twitter’ button when I do my blog so my recipes should be on there. Unless I am doing it wrong?

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      1. luchessa said on January 13, 2013

        Oh yes, during summer i tend to simply grill asparagus all the time and add to to a light salad. I could it that every day. 🙂
        Oh yes you are, i found you now. 😀
        I think you need to explore twitter a bit, you can find great fellow foodies on there.

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  7. rickwilliamspga.com said on January 9, 2013 Reply

    Good god man! That may go beyond “mega” into “epic. Love the horseradish in the dressing. Nice touch. Need to ask: what is “rocket”? Oh, bacon in anything for me, p,ease.

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  8. nasyitahtanwahling said on January 10, 2013 Reply

    This looks gorgeous! I love salads but can be really boring when it comes to it. My husband can attest to it :p This is going to my Pinterest menu board!

    Nasyitah
    http://www.coloursofthedomesticgoddess.wordpress.com

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  9. naomimgruer said on January 10, 2013 Reply

    You might like the Chicken, Bean and Quinoa salad I posted under the Call Me Cook category on Bmore Energy, http://bmoreenergy.wordpress.com. I’m on the lookout for more creative salads, too.

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  10. foodisthebestshitever said on January 10, 2013 Reply

    My wife would live this shit. A huge fan of the mega salad!

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  11. Megan said on January 10, 2013 Reply

    Now that’s a salad! I love varying up salads, too – mine often get so stale and boring.

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  12. Pheebz said on January 10, 2013 Reply

    When I go through my WP reader, I often see a recipe and go “WOW I WANT IT NOW”. They’re normally your recipes – keep posting them 🙂

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    1. homemadewithmess said on January 10, 2013 Reply

      What a lovely comment, thank you 😀 I will always keep them coming, I love it! I currently have bailey cup cakes baking in the oven and they smell amazing!

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  13. Pheebz said on January 10, 2013 Reply

    I bet they’ll taste amazing too! I’ll look out for them 🙂

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  14. Conor Bofin said on January 10, 2013 Reply

    Love the title. Mega salad.

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  15. lovinghomemade said on January 10, 2013 Reply

    That looks delicious – will be giving that a go!

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  17. iamstevecook said on February 8, 2013 Reply

    eggs that are cooked correctly…beautiful !!

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