Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Bacon Vinaigrette

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Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Bacon Vinaigrette

A hearty breakfast that keeps you starting the day with the essentials: veggies, fiber, fruit, citrus, and bacon!
Active Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: bacon, cucumber, eggs, lemon, quinoa, tomatoes, vinaigrette
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water
  • ¼ cup Sliced Apples, peeled
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • ½ cup Cucumbers, cubed
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 4-5 slices Bacon, plus it's cooking oil
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ¼ tsp Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • Torn Basil Leaves


  • Over medium-high heat, bring the quinoa with water to a boil. Give it a pinch of salt. Lower the heat to low, and cover with a fitting lid, and cook for 12 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set it aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°, and line a sheet pan with foil and bacon slices, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes until crispy. Drain the oil into a jar, along with the zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Shake or stir the vinaigrette. Alternatively, if vegan or vegetarian is preferred, eliminate the bacon and bacon oil.
  • While the bacon is cooking, cut the cucumber and tomatoes into cubes. Peel and slice the apple.
  • In a medium-small saucepan heat up about 2-3 cups of water. Add white vinegar, and let it come to a simmer, not a boil. Swirl the water with a large spoon to create a vortex. Crack an egg into a small bowl, and slide the egg carefully into the vinegar-water. The whites will fold over the eggs. Depending on the size of the saucepan, 2 to 3 eggs can easily be cooked at the same time. Cook for 2 minutes to have a runny yolk. Using a slotted spoon, place the cooked eggs over a paper towel to remove excess water.
  • Serve in individual bowls with the quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, and apples, and toss. Place the poached egg on top, crack some pepper and a tiny pinch of salt on top of the egg. Then drizzle the lemon vinaigrette and break some bacon to add on top. Enjoy!




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