Dinner - Salads

Caesar Salad for Single Ladies

February 23, 2016

Caesar Salad for Single Ladies | erin made this-4True story: one of my life goals is to make cooking as simple as possible. Sure, I love 6 layer things and desserts that call for 8 separated eggs, but what I also love is not waiting for 3 hours for my mid week dinner to be on the table. Let’s face it, I’m not pre boiling the potatoes at 7pm on a Wednesday night, and neither are you!

Another goal of mine is to help people see they can simplify their meals, just like I like to. Adapting a recipe takes confidence. A confidence I want everyone to feel when they cook. I try to do this here on the blog, but also at school. I want students to be able to estimate, combine, condense, judge and feel their way through a recipe- without falling in a heap. 

The corners I cut in the kitchen must result in two things:  a HUGE flavour punch in a fraction of the time. There’s been some failures, sure. But mostly, I am willing to sacrifice some elements of a recipe for something easier, but just as delicious. And this recipe my friends, is JUST that. 

Now, I know Caesar salad isn’t the most complicated of dishes. However, this version keeps it all homemade {except the dressing} in about 15 minutes. If I had to choose, the bacon croutons are my favourite part of this dish. You throw the bacon and sourdough in a pan which renders the bacon fat that cooks the croutons at the same time. Oh, and then you fry an egg in there. GENIUS!

There isn’t a reason this couldn’t be made for more than one person. However, I’d probably use a whole cos, rather than buy the mini cos for cost effectiveness. You could totally boil the egg here too, but that’s another pan. So fried for the win!

BTW dudes, you can totally make this salad too, I just really enjoyed the alliteration of the title.

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Caesar Salad for Single Ladies
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 baby cos lettuce, cut into bite size pieces
  2. 100g streaky bacon (or a regular bacon rasher), chopped
  3. 1 slice of sourdough, cut into 1cm croutons
  4. 1 egg
  5. 3 tbsp good caesar dressing
  6. 50g parmesan, finely grated
  1. Place the bacon in a cold non stick fry pan over a medium heat.
  2. Allow the fat to render (come out of the bacon) slowly, then begin to brown the bacon.
  3. Once this happens, add the croutons to the pan and cook together until brown and crisp, tossing occasionally.
  4. Move the bacon and croutons to the side and fry the egg.
  5. Assemble the salad by placing the leaves, bacon, croutons and cheese on a plate.
  6. Top with the egg and the dressing.
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12 thoughts on “Caesar Salad for Single Ladies

  1. merilyn

    this looks right up my alley thankyou errin!
    i’m all about being quick, fresh and tasty in the kitchen!
    I be a lazy cook!;) love m:)X
    I may join pinterest just to pin thisX … but all of you photos are gorgeous!

  2. Isabelle

    This receipe just speaks to me, in fact it connects with me on three levels. Firstly and most importantly I’m a teacher so I always appreciate alliteration (see what I did there?). Secondly I love things that are easy πŸ˜‰which leads me into my last point, I am single holla πŸ‘πŸ». So thank you Erin for gift wrapping a perfect meal that is achievable for even me!

  3. Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect

    This salad looks really delicious – thanks so much for sharing it. I agree, for me weeknight dinners are about using as few pans as possible and preparing them as quickly as possible.

    I’ve managed to perfect making two packed lunches, a meal, feeding the dog and getting all the dishes done in an hour most week nights.

    This will be another recipe for the repertoire!

  4. Marissa

    This looks fantastic! I thought that was crab on top, which now I’ll have to add because, yum! I’m a big fan of topping ‘side’ dishes with fried eggs – presto! a whole meal. πŸ™‚ Somehow I’ve never thought to top a Caesar Salad with one!? Genius.

  5. Claudia Brick

    All about easy weeknight recipes Erin, and this looks perfect! Can’t go wrong with a classic caesar, and bacon croutons?? Sounds heavenly – such a good combination of textures, and I always love how a runny egg yolk coats the salad as well.

    My go-to one-person meal at the moment is a quick saute of beans/broccoli/asparagus/whatever greens are left with a bit of hummus, poached eggs, dukkah, leftover coriander and feta with a squeeze of lime! So good and only takes 10 min max.

    1. erinmadethis Post author

      I had this salad agin on the weekend and bacon croutons are the bomb!

      That sounds awesome! Egg and veggies and hummus are the best combo ever!


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