Recipe
Kicked Up Lentil Salad Au Lardon

Kicked Up Lentil Salad Au Lardon

Lardon is used here to refer to small strips of bacon you cook and add to the salad.  A very fancy bacon bit.  And in this salad, you want the best quality bacon you can find.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces French green lentils, washed and picked over
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 7 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Essence
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups frisee
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Cover with water by 4-inches, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until just tender yet still firm, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and discard the garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Place the lentils in a large bowl and set aside.

  • In a skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels, leaving 3 tablespoons of fat in the pan. Add the carrots, celery, shallots and garlic, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the vegetables to the bowl with the lentils. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, and 4 teaspoons of the vinegar, tomatoes, parsley, Essence, salt and pepper, and toss to mix well.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the frisee, arugula and bacon. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 teaspoons of red wine vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss the dressing with the greens and divide among 4 plates. Top with the lentil salad and the goat cheese. Serve.