Lyonnaise Salad

Lyonnaise Salad

Lyonnaise salad, the underappreciated bistro classic, provides a perfect example of meat in moderation. Crisp bacon pieces, called lardons in France, provide the perfect foil for the soft texture of a runny poached egg. Lacy frisée helps capture bacon bits, eggy bites, and tart vinaigrette in every forkful. Unlike so many salads that provide little in the way of protein, this balanced dish is the kind of lunch that can power a long afternoon. Paired with a glass of wine, it’s also a delicious but easy dinner.–Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond

LC Now That’s What We Call a Proper Salad Note

When did the notion of salad as a pious act of abstemiousness come into the collective consciousness? None of that for us, please. Just pass the frilly little lettuce leaves buried beneath lardons, potatoes, and silken, drippy egg yolk and we’ll be content. Quite.

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Lyonnaise Salad

Lyonnaise Salad
Lyonnaise salad is a bistro classic. With crisp bacon pieces, a runny poached egg and lacy frisée, we totally understand why. –Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond

Prep 20 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 40 minutes
4 servings
324 kcal
5 / 3 votes
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  • 1 medium russet potato cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 slices bacon cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 small shallot minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or other white wine vinegar
  • 1 head frisée torn into bite-size pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 4 eggs


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and roast until golden and crisp, about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • While the potatoes are roasting, fry the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain and set aside.
  • For the dressing, combine the shallot, mustard, vinegar, and remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a jar with a secure lid and shake until emulsified. (Or, of course, you can simply whisk the ingredients together.)
  • While the potatoes are cooling, toss the frisée with the dressing in a large bowl. Divide the frisée among individual plates.
  • Fill a 10-inch, straight-sided pan with 1 1/2 inches of water (or use a Dutch oven or other large sauce pot). Add the vinegar and bring the liquid to a bare simmer. There should be bubbles breaking the surface of the water but they should not be at a rolling boil. Gently crack the eggs, one by one, and slip them into the water, taking care not to break the yolks. (You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your pan. You may also wish to first crack each egg in a small bowl and then hold the bowl just above the surface of the water.) Run a spoon through the water to prevent the eggs from sticking to the bottom. Reduce the heat to low and let the eggs cook until the whites have set and the yolk is done to the desired consistency, 3 to 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the water, one at a time. Blot the bottom of the spoon on a kitchen towel to catch the draining water.
  • Place an egg on each portion of frisée. Sprinkle the bacon bits and potato croutons evenly over each salad and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
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Serving: 1portionCalories: 324kcal (16%)Carbohydrates: 13g (4%)Protein: 9g (18%)Fat: 26g (40%)Saturated Fat: 5g (31%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 171mg (57%)Sodium: 186mg (8%)Potassium: 559mg (16%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 3474IU (69%)Vitamin C: 17mg (21%)Calcium: 92mg (9%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Originally published July 08, 2009


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  1. 5 stars
    I first had this salad in France many years ago – long before the “put an egg on it” revolution. I was just thrilled by the whole thing and order it whenever happen upon it. Nothing lived up to that first time until I tried this recipe. It’s a simple recipe, but that means everything has to be right and this one pretty much nailed it. I did add a pinch of salt to the dressing but otherwise it was balanced with enough zing to hold up to the potatoes and bacon without being overwhelming. And the egg gave the entire dish a lush richness; a salad worthy of being called dinner. As a bonus, in the time it takes to roast the potatoes the rest of the salad is finished as is most of the clean up.

    1. That’s very high praise, Mary. Thank you! We’re so pleased that you finally found a recipe to match that memory.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks, Renee, David, and LC staff for including this Almost Meatless salad in your roundup. Little bits of holiday ham heated ’til crisp in a saute pan make an easy swap for bacon, too. We had egg, gruyere and holiday ham bits sandwiches with roasted potatoes and a salad last night for dinner. Happy 2011! (PS- I, too, love “dippy eggs”!)

  3. Such a clean version of bacon and eggs with hash browns. This recipe could only amplify the taste of each element. To complete this plate I would have to have some french bread toasted with butter. Dippy eggs demand it…

    1. Ah, dippy eggs. What a perfect description, Penny. I may never use the term “sunnyside up” again…!

  4. 5 stars
    Might be sacrilegious, but I would use some of the bacon fat to make the dressing/roast the potatoes/barely fry the eggs – or all of the above!! 😀

    1. Ling, that was my first thought, too. Why waste all that glorious fat? Save the olive oil for another day.

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