Monday, March 12, 2012

Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons

Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Crisp bacon, sweet cranberries, cinnamon toast croutons, soft eggs and the ultimate maple vinaigrette combined for an awesomely different kind of breakfast. I've made this four times now (at the request of my 8 year old!) and even without the croutons, it is awesome.

Last month, I posted a recipe for a Bacon and Egg Garden Salad. I commented at the time that it made me wonder about a breakfast salad. I remembered pinning this recipe last year and I couldn't resist trying it at last. I can not believe that I waited so long to make this! 

Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette
recipe adapted from A Spicy Perspective
(printable recipe)

Cinnamon Toast Croutons Ingredients:
4 cups of French Bread cubes
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

Maple Vinaigrette Ingredients: (as I usually say, a salad is all about the dressing and this one is fantastic!)
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup light flavored olive oil
1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Salad Ingredients:
baby spinach leaves
dried cranberries
1/2 lb of bacon, cooked and crumbled
eggs, prepared to order

Spread out the bacon on a large baking sheet and place in a cold oven. Turn on the oven to 400 degrees. When the bacon is cooked, remove from the oven and drain on paper towels. Crumble to the desired size.

Spread the bread cubes out on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Combine the butter, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Drizzle over the bread cubes. Toss to coat. Bake for 5-10 minutes, just until toasted. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and set aside. Cook the eggs to your liking. A couple of my kids wanted their salad with hard boiled eggs, I had mine over easy.

Layer each plate with spinach, croutons, cranberries and crumbled bacon. Top with eggs and drizzle with the vinaigrette.

Breakfast Salad with Cinnamon Toast Croutons recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


  1. I love that we both posted breakfast recipes today! The sweet and salty flavors in this would make me so happy...the best way to start my day off right!

  2. Well this is one of the best ways to start your day! No wonder why this was a big hit among your boys. I love combining sweet and savory flavors in a dish! You have a beautiful blog with lovely recipes!

  3. What a great idea... and cinnamon toast croutons? Sign me up!!!

  4. I love it when you try out alternative things for breakfast and it turns out great. :-)

  5. What nice salad (love it) and we love croutons!

  6. Mary you're really on to something here. What a wonderful delicious unique idea. Thanks for always keeping it fresh!

  7. Very pretty salad!!! Looks like a good anytime salad. YUM!

  8. Looks gorgeous and I'm sure I would inhale it for lunch, but I haven't decided if I could eat it for breakfast...but it's worth a shot. Nice and healthy and LOVE The cinnamon croutons. How fab.

  9. That does sound like my kind of breakfast!

  10. This is a great breakfast idea! The flavors sound delicious.

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  12. Ingenious!
    a creative combination of ingredients---some "breakfasty" some not.
    love it.

  13. Oh my! This is such a fabulous idea... I just love all the things you've added in here.. those cinnamon croutons sound amazing! Thanks for this fabulous recipe!

  14. Wow, that is all kinds of crazy in a good way.

  15. Just made this. Super yummy will be making it again