A filling breakfast or brunch idea with eggs and bacon served on rocket salad. Plus, a how-to video from the goodtoknow recipes team for perfect poached eggs.
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort


  • 100g (3½oz) unsmoked bacon lardons
  • 1 slice bread, cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium or large eggs
  • 2 good handfuls of mixed salad leaves (we used rocket and chard)
  • 10 baby plum tomatoes, halved
  • 1 stick celery, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp white wine vinegar
  • ½tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  1. Heat a frying pan, add the bacon and fry until golden and crispy. Take out of the pan with a draining spoon and set aside. Add the bread cubes to the pan, and fry in the bacon fat until browned and crispy.
  2. Meanwhile poach the eggs, pour boiling water, 10cm (4in) in depth, into a small pan, over a high heat. Add a dash of white wine vinegar. When water boils again, break egg into pan.
  3. As water comes back to the boil, gather egg white round yolk, using a draining spoon. Turn down heat. Simmer for a minute for a soft egg, longer for a firmer one.
  4. Lift the egg out of the pan with the draining spoon and put into a bowl of warm water if cooking more than one or two eggs. Add another egg to the pan.How to poach an egg video 
  5. Mix together the dressing ingredients. Put a good handful of salad leaves on to 2 plates. Divide the bacon, croutons, tomatoes and celery between them. Spoon drained eggs on top, drizzle the salad with dressing and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Nutritional information per portion

sugars 0.0g fat 9.5g saturates 3.0g salt 0.0g calories 145(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.