bacon salad

frisÉe aux lardons

This wonderful bacon salad recipe or Frisée aux Lardons is very popular in all areas of France. It is a simple but very tasty salad dish to make for any time of day.

You can serve your bacon salad just as it is or with some really tasty variations.

Sometimes it has hard-boiled egg, chopped and sprinkled on it. Or another really great way to serve it is with a lightly poached egg on the top - it's so heavenly!

It's a great way to combine fresh salad leaves with delicious crispy bacon - a really tasty meal for all your family and friends.

Ingredients Serves Four

• 8oz (225gm, 6 cups) of frisée lettuce or in the summer, dandelion leaves can be used.

• 8oz (225gm) of smoked bacon rashers cut into small pieces

• 2 slices thick white bread cut into cubes

• 1 small clove of garlic, chopped (optional)

• 6 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

• Salt and black pepper to taste


• Break the lettuce up into small pieces with your hands and place in a salad bowl.

• Gently fry the bacon in a heavy bottomed pan with a little oil until browned. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.

• Add a drop more oil to the pan and fry the bread cubes until brown. Drain on kitchen paper.

• Stir the garlic, vinegar and mustard into the pan, whisk it together until warm.

• Season to taste and pour over the salad leaves with the bacon and croutons. 

serve at once with a glass of red wine.


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