Thursday, June 2, 2011

Paris Bistro Salad

This is such a great salad. It reminds me of the delicious salads you get all over bistros in Paris.

Always a great vinaigrette made with strong Dijon mustard and shallots, that's key. Good mixed lettuces, like oak leaf, arugula and Romaine and some toasted yummy walnuts for the top.

I swear I could eat this salad everyday for lunch. It's so good, and pretty too!

Paris Bistro Salad (adapted from Jennifer Joyce):

1 lb. haricot verts (the skinny French green beans)
1/4 lb. pancetta bacon, diced
10 cherry tomatoes, mixed red & yellow, cut in half
1 lb. of mixed lettuces (oak leaf, arugula, Romaine), or just baby arugula
handful of toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
3 hard boiled eggs, roughly chopped


4 tablespoons walnut oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 shallot finely chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar

Whisk dressing ingredients and put aside.

I make my hard boiled ahead of time, but feel free to make them before serving, they are better warm. Boil the eggs for 11 minutes then peel and chop.

Blanch the haricot verts for 2 minutes in boiling water and rinse in a colander under cold water so it stops the cooking and sets the color.

Fry your pancetta and drain on paper towels.

On a large platter arrange your lettuces. Plate the green beans over the lettuce, then the tomatoes.

Finish with the bacon, chopped egg and walnuts.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve.

Bon Appetit!


Kendra said...

I'm the first to comment?
I made this for lunch today (thank you for posting at 8 a.m.!), and it was fantastic!!!!! Loved the simplicity and great combination.
A winning salad and now permanent in my weekly rotation. Thanks!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Looks like a great lunchtime salad version of bacon and eggs - or a salad Nicoise without the tuna. I never stock bacon, but this would be worth getting some.

Claudia said...

Was just going to comment that it's similar to my favorite Nicoise. Oh well - I can be redundant. And eat this daily.

Joanne said...

Well, seeing as how I've never been to a bistro in paris, I'm just going to need to don a beret and then sit down to a big plate of this! Delicious!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Colorful and gorgeous, I'd love this for lunch anyday!

tasteofbeirut said...

Yummy! It looks like a play on the classic salade ni├žoise.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Another nice looking salad.

Oui, Chef said...

YUM! This salad reminds me of one I used to get ALL THE TIME at L'Avenue in Paris, a swank little eatery that's part of the Costes group. The haricot verts made it for me, and they added freshly sliced button mushrooms as well. Thanks for reminding me about this winner, Stacey! - S

Lori Lynn said...

Ooo la la!
I miss Paris!