Thursday, March 12, 2009

R's Parisien Salad

Ever since eating this salad in Paris, R has been periodically mentioning wanting to try to reproduce it at home. If you ask me, I think he was just looking for ways to incorporate lardons (small cubes of bacon) in a salad.

R and I like to play the "who gets credit for this idea" game. I'll admit, sometimes he has good ideas. (Don't tell him I said that)

R's Parisien Salad

Lettuce (enough to serve 2 people) - we used this organic mix
~ 1.5 inch thick round of pancetta (cut into small cubes)
cremini mushrooms - sliced
roasted red pepper - I sliced about 5 pieces from a jar
cucumber, as desired
plum tomatoes - 2 cubed
pine nuts - as desired
1/2 green pepper - cubed
feta - as desired
parmesan - shaved

Pan fry bacon for approximately 8 minutes. Add cremini mushrooms to bacon and continue to pan fry. In the meantime prepare lettuce, roasted red pepper, green pepper, tomato, cucumber and feta in a bowl. Once bacon and mushroom is ready, strain fat (I like to use a slotted spoon and some paper towel). Add warm components to salad. Plate and add shaved parmesan. Drizzle salad dressing (recipe below) overtop.

Balsamic Dijon Salad Dressing
from cdkitchen

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic -- minced
1/2 cup olive oil

Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.



Hopie said...

That sure looks yummy. The French will add lardons to just about anything! And I can't really say I disapprove ;-)

Julia said...

What's wrong with adding more lardons to your diet?

The salad looks great! But tell me.. is this the winning salad? The one that tastes just like the Parisian holiday?

Katie said...

Oh yum! This salad looks delicious!

Psychgrad said...

Julia - That's a pretty tall ordeer for a salad. It was good - but not "I don't need to take a vacation anymore" good.

♥Rosie♥ said...

A great looking salad - yum!

Elra said...

Delicious salad, I am a big fun of bacon.

Bellini Valli said...

I am all for a lardon or two in my salad with a yimmy dressing:D

Jaime said...

that looks delicious! i love the sharp taste of feta

Elle said...

Wonderful looking salad, but I still want to go to Paris one day :). The dressing sounds especially delish.

Grace said...

THAT'S what i call shaved parmesan. yum. :)

Lori Lynn said...

I'm with R on the lardons!
Great looking salad!

Karen said...

Looks really good and I love the dressing :)