Primal + Keto Cooking Made Easy: Warm Mushroom and Chard Salad with Bacon and Mustard Dressing

Salads aren’t just for summer, and this recipe proves it. Warm, hearty, rich, with the deep flavors of mixed mushrooms, bacon (we have you at that, right?) and mustard dressing, this delicious side—or full-on meal—will make a believer out of you. Salads, done well, are for all seasons.

But there’s more…. We’re loving the crunch of toasted pine nuts and the addition of poached eggs. It might just be the quintessential winter salad—and we’re guessing a new Primal favorite for your health-conscious table.

Warm Mushroom Salad

Servings: 4

Time In the Kitchen: 20 minutes


  • 2 bunches rainbow or Swiss chard
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (any variety; a mix is great, too)
  • 6 strips crisp, cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Organic Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Poached eggs


Wash, dry and chop rainbow/Swiss chard (Tip: Tear leaves off first and then chop stems.)

Heat 2 teaspoons avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.

Remove mushrooms from skillet and set aside.

Add chard to the pan and cook until wilted, about 3–4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, stir, and add to a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining avocado oil, vinegar, mustard, shallot, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper to a mason jar. Shake well until emulsified, and add dressing to bowl with the chard.

Add mushrooms, bacon, and pine nuts to bowl. Toss well to mix.

Optional: Serve with chopped hard-boiled eggs or one poached egg per salad.

Nutritional Information (per serving, with one poached egg):

  • Calories: 474
  • Net Carbs: 9 grams
  • Fat: 39 grams
  • Protein: 18 grams

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  1. I ate some mushrooms and drank beer with my brother and his friend (and I had cannabis) at his friend’s place on Jan. 21 and then we went outside and saw some UFOs. I wasn’t hallucinating; we all saw them. I already typed up the story. Sorry if it seems a bit muddled.
    We went out for a walk with a couple hours of daylight left, through a couple fields and a bit into a forest where we had a bonfire, and on the way back through a field when it was dark out and we stopped to admire the sky and the treelines we saw some UFOs. First I noticed some big red light in the sky in the distance and I pointed it out and my brother looked in time to see a smaller white light just appear beside it and then there were some more red ones showing up in the distance, some floating, some moving slowly (maybe four of them, hard to tell because some would disappear or fly off), and a little red quickly blinking one like a strobe light zooming in an arc across the sky closer above and ahead of us, then a couple planes flying close together flew near the distant ones, and then after standing there watching them for maybe 5 minutes, I’m not sure, they were all disappearing, but the last one, which I think might have been the first one I noticed, went from floating there in the distance to coming right towards us with a bunch of white and (mostly) red lights on the bottom blinking in a style that kept changing but seemed patterned in concentric circles and they were getting dimmer and shutting off as it got closer and they all went dark when it was right over us so it was way too dark to make out what sort of craft it was as I could see no distinguishable determinate shape, just a slightly darker spot against the sky briefly that may as well have not been visible. It sounded similar to a jet but I’m seriously thinking it might have been alien craft that we saw.
    On a safari? Maybe they decided to trip us out and take selfies out the window as they flew over us. An alien with a peace sign and us looking up in wonder below. Caption: Screwing with Earthlings on Shrooms.

    1. “shrooms AND cannabis? Sounds like you guys had some seriously good s**t. Doesn’t sound like salad, though.

  2. Hi mark

    Would just like your thoughts on this research published in China and reported on in the independent

    Low-carb diets could increase risk of heart rhythm disorders, research suggests – The Independent