Poached Egg and Bacon Salad – Salad Lyonnaise

I saw a tasty salad on Ben Trott’s Vox page and just had to make it. It is a traditional French salad, called Salad Lyonnaise, made with frisée or curly endive, hot bacon, and a freshly poached egg. Not one to have torn up bread with it when one could easily make buttered croutons, I made some croutons for it as well. Okay, bacon, eggs, and buttered croutons and it counts as a salad? I inhaled it.

Poached Egg and Bacon Salad – Salad Lyonnaise Recipe

  • Yield: Serves one.


  • A handful of fresh frisee lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1 teaspoon chopped shallots
  • 1 slice French or Italian bread and a little butter to make buttered croutons
  • 1 Poached egg
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1 Cook two strips of bacon on medium heat until done, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let drain of excess fat on a paper towel. Once cool, chop.

2 Cut a slice of French or Italian bread into cubes. Toast on medium high heat in a small saucepan with a teaspoon of melted butter. Do not stir bread unless to turn to a different side once one side is toasted.

3 Poach egg your favorite way. See how to poach an egg for our recommendation on the easiest way to do it.

4 Layer the frisée, bacon, shallots, and croutons on a salad plate. In a small jar, mix the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over salad. Top with the poached egg.


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  • Tara

    Oooh that looks like a delightful brunch! Frisee isn’t my favorite lettuce but I’d love to try the recipe with arugula. Yum!

  • Sarah

    I’ve had similar salads, and it’s the egg that really makes it–the yolk running over and coating the greens. Yum!


  • adriana

    I am in love with this salad.

  • jaclyn

    it is better if you put cubed, or shreded gruyere on it…

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