Light Salade aux Lardons

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Light Salade aux Lardons

Light Salade aux Lardons

This French bistro salad is usually made with fatty bacon from the pig's belly. With Canadian bacon, it's lighter, leaner and just as tasty. You can cut down on the salt by parboiling the bacon for 1 minute before dicing. A poached egg nestled into the greens completes the dish—and turns it into a substantial brunch or supper.

Serves 4

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces Canadian bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice (1 3/4 cups)
  • 2 medium hea frisée, or curly-leaf endive lettuce, torn (8 cups)
  • 1 large shallot,minced
  • 3 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 large eggs

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook, stirring, until brown and crisp, about 8 minutes.

Step 2

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a large bowl. Add lettuce to the bowl. Add shallot to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour this mixture onto the lettuce; toss to coat.

Step 3

Meanwhile, bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a medium skillet. Crack each egg into a small bowl and slip them one at a time into the boiling water, taking care not to break the yolks. Reduce heat to low. Cover the pan and poach the eggs until the yolks are just set, 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 4

Divide the salad among 4 plates. Top each serving with a poached egg. Grind pepper over the top and serve immediately.


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