Peasant Salad

October 1998

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Crunchy textures and full-flavored ingredients like bacon and blue cheese turn a simple salad into a satisfying supper.

Peasant Salad

Makes: 6 servings, 2 cups each

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  • 2 all-purpose potatoes, such as Yukon Gold, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup brewed black tea
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 head frisée, or other chicory, torn (4 cups)
  • 2 heads Belgian endive, cut on the diagonal into wide strips (4 cups)
  • 1 large red or yellow tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup low-fat croutons, (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled Roquefort, or other blue cheese


  1. Boil potatoes in salted water in a medium saucepan until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Cook bacon in a small skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble over potatoes.
  3. Whisk tea, lemon juice, oil and vinegar in a small bowl until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over potatoes and bacon and toss to coat. Add frisée (or chicory), endive, tomato, croutons, parsley and cheese; toss well. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To make your own croutons: Cut day-old bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Coat a baking sheet with olive-oil spray; spread bread cubes in a single layer and coat them lightly with the spray. Season with salt and pepper. Bake at 350°F, stirring once or twice, until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool; store in a plastic bag for up to 4 days.


Per serving: 109 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 4 g protein; 3 g fiber; 223 mg sodium; 393 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (40% daily value), Vitamin A (15% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 3 vegetable, 1/2 fat

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