After a night of overindulging in holiday punch or mulled wine, a fortifying breakfast (or brunch) is always in order. You might be tempted to opt for crisped hashbrowns, a tall stack of pancakes, or a rich eggs benedict to ease your woes. I usually do. However, I recently came upon a surprising entry in Alison Roman’s bright and inspirational cookbook Dining In that brought into question my tightly-held hangover breakfast ideals (namely, that grease is good).

Roman claims that salad is, in fact, the best breakfast to help you bounce back from a hangover. She argues that a hefty serving of greens, topped with whatever leftover roasted vegetables, meat, or grains lurk in your fridge, a punchy dressing, and a soft-boiled egg, is the perfect breakfast to reset your body (and liver) after a night of festivities.

Follow This Formula, Make Meal-Worthy Salads with Just This & That

Follow This Formula, Make Meal-Worthy Salads with Just This & That

by Ali Slagle

I was skeptical, too. How could a bowl of leaves and vinaigrette possibly cure my headache as well as a helping of gravy-drowned biscuits? So, ever the thorough journalist, I decided to put her assertion to the test. A few weeks ago, I drank a few too many beers and woke up a little worse for the wear. Instead of reaching for toast, as I normally would, I pulled out leftovers of a cabbage-and-tempeh salad I’d eaten the night before, added some brown rice hanging in my fridge, and doused the whole thing with some more tahini dressing. I crowned my creation with a soft-boiled egg (6 minutes for the win!), and when I broke into it the yolk oozed out, effectively dressing the salad twice.

And… it worked! I felt nourished and satisfied and also somehow purified, the gigantic plate of nachos I had consumed the previous night banished and forgotten. I continued my day energized, with much more pep in my step than if I had nursed my hangover with a heavier breakfast. If you want to try this trick for yourself, here are a few salads to use as your starting template; feel free to dress them up, toss on leftovers, and add as many eggs as you please.

Bacon, Avocado, and Hardboiled Egg Salad

Bacon, Avocado, and Hardboiled Egg Salad

by Food52

Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini

Moro’s Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini

by Genius Recipes

Caesar-Style Kale Salad with Roasted Onions and Ricotta Salata

Caesar-Style Kale Salad with Roasted Onions and Ricotta S…

by cookinginvictoria

Chicken and Radicchio Salad with Pickled Raisins and Walnuts

Chicken and Radicchio Salad with Pickled Raisins and Wal…

by Michelle McKenzie

Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

by Sarah Jampel

Bloody Mary Steak Salad

Bloody Mary Steak Salad

by Ali Slagle

3 P.M. Salad

3 P.M. Salad

by Kendra Vaculin

Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula

Farro Salad with Onion Confit, Persimmon, and Arugula

by Josh Cohen

How to Make Kale Salad Without a Recipe

How to Make Kale Salad Without a Recipe

by Gena Hamshaw

What do you think: will you assemble a salad for your next hungover breakfast? Or stick to hash browns and breakfast burritos? Tell us in the comments!

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