Friseé Salad with Poached Egg, Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette

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If you eat in French bistros, you’ve probably eaten or at least have seen a friseé salad with poached egg on the menu. This is a French classic, usually served with a smattering of lardons, (thick bacon pieces), and either red wine vinegar.

This is naturally low carb, gluten free and keto friendly.

Classic Frisee Salad

This sound fancy and it’s bit of a dress up salad, but this class frisee salad is bistro salad and easy to make at home. This salad works because it has texture, a bit of sweet, bitter, creamy, crunchy and salty.

Frisee Salad

What is Friseé?

Friseé lettuce, a type of endive, is a member of the chicory family, with frizzy edges that taste a little bitter. This is why we dress it up with a bright red wine shallot vinaigrette. The bitterness is on the edges and the whiter part more mild. The salt in lardons balances the bitterness, as does the acid in the vinaigrette.

It’s very typical to see a frisée salad with lardons and poached eggs on the menu in a French bistro.

What are Lardons?

A lardon, is a small strip or cube of fatty bacon. Cut thick bacon in half inch pieces crosswise. Fry them after cutting them. Drain on paper towels.

Classic Frisee Salad

Poached Eggs

Don’t let poached eggs intimidate you. They are perfect for frisèe salad. I have a perfect recipe for poached eggs here.

Poached Eggs
Poached Egg with Frisee

How to Make Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette

When you make a vinaigrette, it’s important to make it sharp enough to bring brightness and enough acid to the salad. Taste a small amount with a spoon, but keep it mind it will be assimilated into the rest of the ingredients. Take a small pice of lettuce and dip it into your red wine shallot vinaigrette and use a little salt to taste. Always mix your mustard and acids first and slow add the oil. You can also shake all of this in a jar.

  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1/4 red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper

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Frisee Salad with Poached Egg, Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette

Classic French Frisee Salad as Starter or Light Dinner
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Salad and Salad Dressing
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Frisee, Poached Eggs


  • 1 head Friseé
  • 2 Poached Eggs
  • 3 pieces thick bacon
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette

Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon (juice)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil could add 1/4 cup more if needed
  • salt, pepper to season


  • Cut bacon (lardons) Into half inch pieces. Fry and drain on paper towels.
  • Prepare Vinaigrette
  • Arrange Frisee in bowl.
  • Toss with Vinaigrette, just enough until wet. Don't over do it.

Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette

  • Mix mustard with vinegar, shallots, lemon juice.
  • Slowly add in oil.


Vinegar: You can use champagne or sherry vinegar in place of red wine vinegar. Don’t use apple cider or balsamic for this recipe.

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