A Squared: National Egg Day: Easy Fried Egg Spinach & Arugula Salad

Friday, June 3, 2016

National Egg Day: Easy Fried Egg Spinach & Arugula Salad

Celebrate National Egg Day with Nellie's Certified Humane Free Range Eggs!
As a mom to a newborn, I must admit that all you veteran moms are right: this maternity leave stuff is no joke! Even though Hannah sleeps for more than 3/4 of the day, I'm still not sure where the rest of my free time goes. And I'm not talking about free time for pedicures and naps, but free time for things like laundry, showers, and eating... You know, important things.

Eating well is really important to me-- and even more so now that I'm a mom, but finding time to make something healthy while I'm home by myself is a challenge. Quick and easy recipes are key and eggs are one of my go to ingredients for fast healthy lunches these days and this salad has been in heavy rotation lately. Peppery arugula and sweet tomatoes are simply dressed in olive oil and fresh lemon juice. It's finished off with a little nutty Parmesan and the star of the show: a hot freshly fried egg. It's fresh, full of flavor, is packed with nutrients, and it comes together in less than 10 minutes! 

Eggs are an excellent source of protein for new moms (and everyone else too), but I felt even better about eating this salad because it is made with Nellie's Certified Humane Free Range Eggs. Nellie's is the first Certified Humane(R) farm in the United States, meaning that they ensure their hens are never caged and have access to the outdoors. Nellie's is also a big supporter of small local and family farms, unlike most large scale factory-farmed eggs. I'm so pleased to be partnering with them today to bring you this easy and delicious recipe in honor of National Egg Day! Nellie's Certified Humane Free Range Eggs are available at most major grocery stores (I buy them at my local Jewel-Osco!) and you can find a full list of where they're available near you right here.

Happy National Egg Day!


  • 2 cups baby spinach and/or arugula
  • 1/3 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/4-1/2 lemon *This just depends on how juicy the lemon is and how tart you'd like your salad to taste!
  • 1 oz. fresh Parmesan
  • 1/2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Nellie's Certified Humane Free Range Egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
This recipe makes one entree salad.

Arrange the greens and tomatoes on a plate. Drizzle evenly with olive oil and lemon juice. Use a vegetable peeler or grater to shave the Parmesan over the top.

Heat butter in a small nonstick pan over medium heat. Crack the egg directly into the pan and cook until the egg whites are set, 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip the egg with a spatula and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Transfer the fried egg to the top of the salad, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Editor's Note: This post was sponsored by Nellie's Certified Humane Free Range Eggs, but the opinions expressed herein are my own.

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