Light Salade aux Lardons

Light Salade aux Lardons

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From: EatingWell Magazine, Spring 2003

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces Canadian bacon, cut into ½-inch dice (1¾ cups)
  • 2 medium heads frisée, or curly-leaf endive lettuce, torn (8 cups)
  • 1 large shallot,minced
  • 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 large eggs


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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook, stirring, until brown and crisp, about 8 minutes.
  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.
  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.
  4. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Top each serving with a poached egg. Grind pepper over the top and serve immediately.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 2 cups
  • Per serving: 260 calories; 18 g fat(4 g sat); 3 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 168 mcg folate; 206 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 2,675 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 92 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 901 mg sodium; 594 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (54% daily value), Folate (42% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 2 lean protein, 2 fat

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