This easy-to-make Breakfast Salad is loaded with flavor thanks to the Everything Bagel Dressing. It’s a great way to start the day filled with protein, nutrients, and a couple of servings of veggies. It’s naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, and you’ll find my tips below for how to meal prep some of this recipe for easier mornings.
Savory breakfasts didn’t come naturally to me, much less eating a full-blown salad first thing in the morning. I grew up like most people I know eating muffins, pancakes, waffles, and the like for breakfast, and always craving sweets.
But I noticed I’d be super hungry with an energy crash coming mid-way through the morning. And maybe that’s how I started naturally choosing savory protein-filled breakfasts.
So when I first heard the concept of a ‘breakfast salad’ I was definitely intrigued. I mean how can you go wrong with loads of veggies paired with your morning eggs and sausage/bacon?
This breakfast salad recipe is my favorite fresh-flavored combo. But when tomatoes aren’t in season, try subbing in roasted cubed butternut squash or Roasted Sweet Potatoes for my favorite winter variation.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Greens – I like to use pre-washed mixed greens for the ultimate convenience. But you can use chopped and washed lettuce, arugula, spinach, or any combo you’d like. The mixed greens I get here locally have nasturtium flowers added in and they add a nice pop of color.
- Sausage – any kind of breakfast sausage in links or in bulk works perfectly in this recipe. You can also use bacon, either cooked in the oven or diced up and cooked into crunchy bacon bits. Use can also use my Turkey Breakfast Sausage recipe here.
- Eggs – can be cooked any way you’d like in this recipe. We prefer over easy eggs with a runny yolk to add to the dressing in this salad, but diced-up hardboiled eggs work great too.
- Tomatoes – are perfect paired with the basil for a summer combo. But in the winter months try roasted cubed butternut squash or my Roasted Sweet Potatoes.
- Green onion & basil – green onion adds a nice savory flavor, but chives are great as well when you have them around. Basil is a favorite in our house, especially with the tomatoes. But I omit it in the winter months and just use the green onion.
- Avocado – ripe sliced avocado adds creaminess and a healthy fat. But you can omit it if you don’t have it on hand.
- Everything Bagel Dressing – a classic vinaigrette with everything bagel seasoning added makes a really tasty dressing that is tasty with these breakfast flavors. You’ll find more dressing options below in the tips.
How to make this recipe step by step
Step 1: Start by whisking together the everything bagel dressing. Then set it aside to let the flavors develop while you make the recipe.
Step 2: Next prep the veggies and herbs by cutting and chopping everything into bite-sized pieces.
Step 3: Add the greens, green onions, basil, and cherry tomatoes to a plate.
You can also add everything to a bowl to toss together. But if you’re making 2 servings, it’s easier to just plate the salad.
Step 4: Cook the sausage(s) and place them on top of a bed of greens.
I like to use my Air Fryer Sausage Links recipe because it’s the easiest mess-free way to cook sausages.
Step 5: When you have everything else prepped, cook the eggs according to your liking and add them to the salad.
I like to have everything prepped so I can concentrate fully on the eggs to make sure I don’t overcook the yolk.
Step 6: Finally add the sliced avocado and drizzle with the Everything Bagel Dressing, or serve the dressing on the side.
Ways to serve this
- This breakfast salad makes a nice filling breakfast on its own. But if you want to pull out all the stops, try adding my Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins or Almond Flour Peach Muffins.
- Or add a side of my Instant Pot Crispy Potatoes, Best Crispy Rosemary Potatoes, or Roasted Sweet Potatoes.
- If you make the winter version with squash or sweet potatoes, try baking up my Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins or Almond Flour Banana Muffins.
- Pair this together with your favorite fruit salad, or if you make the winter variation, try it with my Winter Fruit Salad.
- Add a fruit smoothie on the side: my Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Mango Smoothie, Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie, or Orange Creamsicle Smoothie would all work here.
Yes! We love eating any kind of salad for breakfast, but especially this breakfast salad with its sausage and egg flavors. They’re also a healthy way to start the day with veggies, protein, and healthy fats.
Crispy cooked bacon makes the perfect substitute for sausage in this recipe. You can also dice up the bacon before you cook it to make bacon bits. This way of cooking bacon means you have a little bit of bacon flavor in every bite.
- To store – store each part of this salad separately in sealed containers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Make ahead – the everything bagel dressing keeps well refrigerated for 1 week. Also, pre-washed mixed greens keep well for up to 1 week. I also like to pre-cook the sausage links and then slice them thinly to briefly reheat them in a skillet before cooking the eggs fresh. This works even better if you use bulk ground sausage or bacon.
Tips & Tricks
- Meal prep the dressing and sausage ahead of time to make this breakfast easy in the morning.
- Or meal prep this the night before to take with you to work by making hardboiled eggs for the salad rather than over-easy eggs.
- For the winter variation try roasting up cubed butternut squash or my Roasted Sweet Potatoes ahead of time. Then reheat them in the skillet alongside the sausage before cooking the eggs.
- Omit the basil and use my Basil Vinaigrette instead. Or if you don’t want to use the everything bagel dressing, try my 2 Ingredient Balsamic Dressing (especially good with the sweet potato & butternut variations) or my Homemade Italian Dressing.
Dietary Options & Substitutions
- The over-easy eggs are really nice in this salad, but they can still be omitted if you can’t have eggs.
- Be sure to look over the labels for any sausage or bacon you choose to make sure they fit your dietary needs. Sausage can sometimes have dairy added.
- For Whole30 make sure any sausage or bacon you choose is compliant and with no added sugar.
- I like to use Simply Organic for all my spices but especially blends like everything bagel because they have just spices and nothing else added. Be sure to check the labels of whatever you choose to make sure it works with any dietary needs.
I hope you enjoy this Breakfast Salad! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Everything Bagel Seasoning Dressing:
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar - or freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp everything bagel seasoning - see notes
- 1/4 tsp sea salt - or to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 clove garlic - small clove, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 cups mixed greens - arugula, or baby spinach, 3-4 ounces
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1/4 cup basil - chopped, optional
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes - halved
- 1/2 ripe avocado - thinly sliced, see notes
- 6 small breakfast sausages - cooked, see notes
- 2 eggs - cooked over easy, add more if desired
- Extra everything bagel seasoning to sprinkle over the top of each salad.
- Add all the ingredients for the everything bagel dressing except the oil to a small bowl. Whisk together to combine.
- Next whisk in the oil in a thin steady stream until completely combined. Or shake the dressing together in a mason jar with a lid. The dressing may separate as it sits, simply whisk or shake it back together.
- Next, prep the veggies and divide the greens, green onions, basil, and cherry tomatoes between 2 plates.
- Cook the sausage of your choice as well as 1-2 over easy eggs per person. When the sausage and eggs are done, place them on top of the salad.
- Sprinkle with a little everything bagel seasoning, add the sliced avocado, and drizzle as much of the dressing as you'd like over each salad. Serve immediately.
This recipe was originally published in 2018 and updated in 2023 with new photos, more tips, and more information.