French Salad

Please excuse these sad little pictures, they were taken with my IPhone! But this was a delish salad I made last week and my first time to poach an egg!!!! I will tell you this was a very rich and heavy salad with bold flavors, I will most definitely make this again! I served this with some yummy French Bread with my homemade butter!!!!

Butter Lettuce with Lardons and Poached Egg
Recipe courtesy Melissa d’Arabian
•2 slices bacon, cut into lardons
•4 eggs
•1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
•2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
•1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
•Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
•Water, as needed
•1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
•1 head Boston lettuce, cleaned, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
•1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
In a small saute pan, cook the bacon over medium-low heat until almost crisp and the fat has rendered. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the rendered fat in the pan. To the pan, whisk in the mustard, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and black pepper, to taste. Remove the pan from the heat.

Fill a medium saucepan 2/3 with water. Add the distilled white vinegar and bring to just barely a simmer. Cook’s Note: like very active club soda.

Crack an egg and place it into a small ramekin. Very slowly and gently place the egg into the water by placing the ramekin right next to the water and letting the egg slide out of the dish and directly into the water. The ramekin should be touching the water. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Each egg should cook for 3 1/2 minutes, exactly.

In a large bowl, toss the greens with the tomatoes in the bacon dressing and divide the mixture among 4 salad plates. When the eggs are ready, carefully remove with a slotted utensil, and blot briefly on a paper towel to remove the excess vinegary water. Gently place an egg on top of each salad. Grind some black pepper on top of the eggs, top with lardons and serve.


  1. Becky
    July 20, 2010 / 4:17 pm

    I love poached eggs..but I cheat…I use a pan made for poaching eggs…I've done it in just the water before and it is hard making your egg stay together…hehehe.

  2. Caroline
    July 21, 2010 / 12:24 am

    That salad looks incredible! I love bacon and eggs in salad. You should check out -he does some really delicious-looking stuff with poached eggs. I haven't been able to successfully poach an egg for the life of me. One of these days I'm just going to sit down with my pan of boiling water and a dozen or so eggs and have at it until I figure it out!

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