This Escarole Bistro Salad can be served as a side dish or the main course! Crisp, cool escarole topped with a warm bacon dressing and a crunchy bread crumb and bacon topping!
- 1 small head of escarole
- 6 strips thick cut bacon, diced
- 2 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs or Panko
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic, divided
- 1 large shallot, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- kosher salt to taste
- fresh black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 6 tablespoons reserved bacon drippings divided
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- lemon wedges and fresh parsley for garnish
- Separate the leaves of escarole, wash and dry (salad spinner works great for this!) and then set aside on paper towels.
- Add the chopped bacon to a large skillet and cook, stirring every couple of minutes, until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and place onto a paper towel lined plate. Drain the drippings from the bacon into a bowl and set aside.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings back into the skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Add the fresh breadcrumbs in with the garlic and toss to coat in the bacon drippings. Toast the breadcrumbs, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add the bacon and the chopped parsley back into the pan with the breadcrumbs and toss together to combine. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
- Into the same skillet, add 4 more tablespoons of the bacon drippings over medium heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of garlic and the chopped shallot, cooking for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the mustard and honey to the skillet, working into the shallots and garlic. Then carefully pour in the vinegar, whisking to combine. Season with salt and fresh black pepper to taste. Pour the dressing into a bowl and let cool slightly.
- Assemble the salad by placing the leaves of escarole onto a platter, overlapping the leaves. Generously add the bacon and breadcrumb on top of the escarole, followed by the warm dressing.
- Garnish the salad with a squeeze of fresh lemon and more fresh parsley if desired.
You can add a fried egg, grilled chicken or shrimp to this salad too!
If you run out of bacon drippings you can substitute with olive oil
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
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