Poached Egg and Bacon Salad – Salad Lyonnaise

Traditional French salad Lyonnaise with frisee lettuce, bacon, croutons, a poached egg, and a Dijon vinaigrette.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves one


  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1 slice French or Italian bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 poached egg
  • A handful of fresh frisée lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1 Cook the bacon: 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 Make croutons: 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: Poach egg your favorite way. See how to poach an egg for our recommendation on the easiest way to do it.

4 Make dressing: In a small jar, mix the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.

5 Assemble salad: Layer the frisée, chopped cooked bacon, shallots, and croutons on a salad plate. Pour dressing over salad. Top with the poached egg.


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  • nola2chi

    LOL…..Of course, being a French salad, there are a number of scoldings and adjustments in the comments. Lets just say, a tad snippy, and very French.
    Yum it is!
    Why has it become hard to find frisee, or endive of any sort, in the markets?


  • Melina

    Thank you very much for the recipe. I fell in love with the similar salad i had at a 5star hotel and I’ve been craving it for so long!I have added anchovy bit to it like the hotel did. it tastes wonderful!


  • Michele

    I thought this was interesting and made it for our dinner last night. I followed the recipe exactly and both my husband and I thought it was delicious.

    I have a “favorite recipes” notebook and it’s definitely found a home there. Can hardly wait to make it again. Perfect summer fare.



  • Rina

    That is the best salad ever! It’s so delicious. The creaminess of the egg and slight bitter frisee are ideal.


  • candy

    I made this tonight…terrific! To make the croutons I fried the bread pieces in the bacon grease. Worked very well! I will make this again and again. Thanks!


  • Paulaladawn

    Thank you so much for having this in your archives. I just returned from France and had this salad in Lyon (the city/people for which it is named). I can’t wait to try it out.

    FYI the bacon in France was thick cut chunks and just cooked through not crisp. I am not a crouton lover but fresh fried in butter adds an amazing texture.

  • Dave

    The dressing is incorrect for a Salade Lyonnaise. The dressing should be made by frying the bacon in some olive oil. When the bacon is crisp, crumble it up and then sautee some shallots (or onion) in the bacon, oil, and rendered bacon fat. (The use of the rendered bacon fat is critical as it provides the unctuous texture which elevates the salad.) Add the mustard and vinegar and whisk into a vinaigrette.

    The warm bacon vinaigrette gets tossed with the frisee, which will very lightly wilt the lettuce. Then add the warm poached egg on top.

    THAT is a salad lyonnaise – a contrast of textures with the warm bacon dressing, barely wilted bitter greens and egg yolk.

  • James

    Great salad but a few shockers on this recipe.
    1/You must use bacon chunks not strips of bacon.
    2/This is a meal not a snack. Double all ingredients and quadruple the dressing for a single serve.

  • Laura

    Did you see the recipe in Mar edition of Bon Appetite for poached eggs on top of asparagus and prosciutto, with a chive oil sauce?
    I made it for a brunch for my friends and it was a hit…it was absolutely delish and very colorful.

    this looks great to. I may make this for myself for a weekend brunch. Delish!

  • Kari

    I’ve been visiting your site for a while now, but broke down to leave a comment on this one for this first time. My husband and I live in Lyon and are always looking for recipes for the excellent regional dishes. Now we can cross the salade of our list!

  • Arcey

    This is one of my favorite salads. I’ve tasted it at about 5 different restaurants in the SF Bay Area (so far, Bistro Jeanty in Yountville is the best), and have made it myself several times. I make it with escarole and frisee, and sherry vinegar, rather than red wine vinegar. I totally love this salad — thanks for bringing it to everyone’s attention here.

  • jonathan

    I’ve had a similar style salad with a poached quail egg. Very good. I think the dressing calls out for a higher quality imported Italian red wine vinegar. Look for a higher acidity on the label – 6% or better. It’ll cut through the richness of the yolk and just plain taste better. A really good olive oil never hurts either…

  • jaclyn

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