Breakfast salad with poached eggs and kale pesto

Cereal's out - salad's are in. Try this fresh take on breakfast with poached eggs and a refreshing kale pesto.

  • 25 mins preparation
  • Serves 4
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  • 1½ cups (45g) firmly packed baby leaves (see tip)
  • 200 grams brussels sprouts, shaved
  • 2 cups (300g) crunch combo sprout mix
  • 1 medium carrot (120g), cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup (35g) sunflower seeds, toasted
  • ¼ cup (60ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 2½ tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 medium avocado
Kale pesto
  • ⅓ cup (55g) roasted almonds
  • ⅓ cup (50g) roasted cashews
  • 2 small cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups (80g) baby kale leaves, chopped caorsely
  • ½ cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup (20g) finely grated parmesan


  • 1
    Make kale pesto.
  • 2
    Place baby leaves, brussels sprouts, sprout mix, carrot and seeds in a bowl; toss to combine. Whisk vinegar, 1 tablespoon of the oil and the honey in a small bowl; season to taste. Add dressing to salad; toss to coat.
  • 3
    Half-fill a large frying pan with water; bring to the boil. Break 1 egg into a cup, then slide into pan. Repeat with another 3 eggs; return water to boil. Cover pan; turn off heat. Stand fo r4 minutes or until a light film of egg white sets over the yolks. Remove eggs, one at a time, using a slotted spoon; place spoon on a paper-towel-lined plate briefly to blot up any poaching liquid. Repeat poaching with remaining eggs.
  • 4
    Divide salad among bowls; top with avocado and eggs; spoon pesto over. Drizzle with remaining oil.
Kale pesto
  • 5
    Pulse nuts and garlic in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add kale, oil and vinegar; pulse to a fine paste. Add parmesan, season; pulse until just combined. Makes 1¼ cups.


We used a baby leaf micro herb mix of sorrel, parsley, coriander (cilantro) and radish.Leftover pesto can be covered with a thin layer of oil in an
airtight container, then refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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