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Bistro Dinner Salad

Lee Harrelson
Yield 4 servings
This dinner salad is a perfect light and quick, yet refined, meal. The mustard tarragon vinaigrette complements the slightly bitter salad greens, while the pear adds a hint of sweetness.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • 4 large eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 bacon slices (uncooked)
  • 8 cups gourmet salad greens
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 Bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 (1-inch-thick) slices French bread baguette, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 393
  • caloriesfromfat 39 %
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 4.7 g
  • monofat 6.9 g
  • polyfat 3.2 g
  • protein 16.9 g
  • carbohydrate 44.7 g
  • fiber 8.8 g
  • cholesterol 222 mg
  • iron 3.1 mg
  • sodium 605 mg
  • calcium 150 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place nuts in a small skillet; cook over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan frequently. Remove from heat; set aside.

  2. Break 1 egg into each of 4 (6-ounce) custard cups coated with cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap, and microwave at high for 40 seconds or until set; let stand 1 minute. Remove eggs from cups; drain on paper towels.

  3. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; cool slightly. Remove bacon from the pan, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. Crumble bacon. Combine walnuts, bacon, greens, blue cheese, and pear in a large bowl.

  4. Combine 1 teaspoon reserved drippings, vinegar, oil, tarragon, and mustard in small bowl; stir with a whisk. Drizzle over greens mixture; toss gently. Arrange 2 cups salad mixture on each of 4 serving plates; top each serving with 1 egg and 1 toast slice.