A delicious low carb salad with all the makings of a full meal. Greens, eggs and ham, and the cilantro ranch dressing is amazing. This post is sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm.
It’s amazing how you can find hidden gems of restaurants in the most unlikely of places. A few summers ago, my husband and I decided to take the kids on their first ever camping trip. We used to be big campers and hikers in our day and we’d been longing to introduce our city-bred kids to a little bit of roughing it. But we also knew we shouldn’t toss them into it full-on, but break them in a little gently.We settled on a state park in southern New Hampshire that got great reviews and booked one of the last campsites they had for the 4th of July weekend. Perhaps that was our first mistake. The penchant for fireworks in New England is big and that meant pops and cracks late into the night, not just on the 4th but on every single night of the weekend. We didn’t sleep much. And it was VERY hot and VERY buggy, and despite all of our precautions, our kids were getting eaten alive by mosquitos. It’s all the tender young flesh, I suppose.
They were good sports for the most part, especially for such young children unused to camping. But partway through the second full day, we decided to give them a bit of a break. We drove to the nearest town, a small hamlet just a few miles away with few small shops and buildings clustered around the main road. And a total anomaly: a large, inviting red barn of a restaurant called the Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery. At that point, we didn’t care much what the food would be like, we just wanted a place to cool off and spend a little time. But we were very pleasantly surprised by a lovely interior, great service and fantastic food. I had a salad that has lived on in my memory and I’ve been planning to recreate it ever since. I especially liked the name, a little tip of the hat to the illustrious Dr. Seuss.
When Jones Dairy Farm asked me to develop a recipe with their Canadian bacon, I kicked around a few ideas. But it occurred to me that the bacon would be delicious on a version of the salad from New Hampshire. Fried to be a little crisper and then chopped up, it would work as a replacement for the crispy prosciutto in the original. I distinctly remembered the dressing as well, a deliciously creamy cilantro concoction that went so well with the spinach, eggs and meat in the salad. I wasn’t quite sure I could do the salad in my memory justice but it was worth a try. And boy I am glad I did. This may not be an exact replica of the dish I had on a hot July day in New Hampshire but it was fantastic. Everything together, the dressing, the greens, the egg and the Canadian bacon, was truly delicious. Have it for breakfast, have it for lunch, have it for dinner…who cares, just have it!
Looking for more delicious cilantro recipes? Check out this Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad from Noshtastic. Leave off the pineapple for low carb!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm. As always, all thoughts, opinions, recipes, photography, random tangents and incoherent ramblings are my own.
Greens, Eggs and Ham Salad
- ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk or whole milk
- ¼ cup mayonnaise (make your own for a healthier paleo mayo)
- 2 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
- 1 6- ounce package Jones Dairy Farm Canadian Bacon
- 8 ounces baby spinach washed and dried
- 4 hard-boiled eggs peeled and sliced
- 1 avocado chopped
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Combine the cilantro, milk, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, pepper and chipotle powder in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry Canadian bacon slices until browned and crisped (you will need to do this in batches). Slice into matchsticks.
- Divide spinach among 4 plates. Top with sliced Canadian bacon, hard boiled eggs and avocado. Sprinkle with pepper and drizzle with dressing.
Saturated fatty acids: 6.20g
Total fat: 25.92g
Calories from fat: 233
Total dietary fiber: 5.36g
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C E says
I made this last night for my family (including two teenagers) and everyone loved it. The only modifications were I added a dash of fresh lemon juice to the dressing, and had to substitute half and half for the whole mile since that is what I had on hand. Fantastic recipe!!
Oh I bet the lemon juice in the dressing was lovely!
Ham is so underused and underrated! I love it and in a salad, I am all over it.
Jenny Flake says
That dressing needs to happen in my kitchen today! Love!!
Had some leftover and put it on a regular salad last night…it was so good. It would also be good on grilled steak or pork chops!
Amy @Very Culinary says
Well, now I want to visit New Hampshire. Or just come over. Delicious salad. And I could just drink that dressing!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
I love finding restaurants like that. . and yo this low carb Cilantro Ranch dressing looks soooo good. . can’t wait to try this!! and thanks Carolyn for all the work in our “pinning” group. . you rock!
Sarah G says
I LOVE cilantro! I have never had a cilantro dressing and this looks really exciting!
This is SERIOUSLY fun and creative!!! I am so impressed and need to go shopping asap!
Rachel Cooks says
What a fun recipe! Love this!
That is so cute! It has all our favorites, must try it poste haste!
Have a coupon for avocados 2 @ $ .99 so time to stock up.
Cookin Canuck says
We love finding hidden gems when we travel, particularly ones that involve good food. Holy heck, Carolyn…I could drink that dressing!
So timely! I just bought, for the first time, fresh cilantro; and was really wondering what in the world I’d do with it all!! I made a tray of “ice cubes” but it doesn’t look like any is missing from the bunch.
I put a little in my salad yesterday and really liked it; so, I’m definitely making this.
Thanks for what you create…I like many of your recipes. 🙂
Sounds like a great lunch!
it is right up my food alley!