How to make French Classic Salade Lyonnaise Recipe

Hello, it’s Julia here from Dinner with Julia! Today, we’re going to embark on a culinary journey to the heart of France with a classic dish that’s close to my heart – the Salade Lyonnaise!

Before we delve into the cooking tips and serving suggestions, let’s take a moment to appreciate the origins of this delightful salad. The Salade Lyonnaise hails from Lyon, a city often referred to as the gastronomic capital of France. This salad is a perfect representation of Lyon’s rich culinary tradition, combining simple ingredients to create a symphony of flavors.

French Classic Salade Lyonnaise Recipe

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Julia’s take on the Classic Salade Lyonnaise, a vibrant mix of flavors and textures

French Classic Salade Lyonnaise Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 bowl


  • One pound of cooked pancetta chunks
  • Four cups of mixed greens
  • Two tablespoon of olive oil
  • Two garlic cloves
  • One cup of red onion
  • Four boiled eggs
  • One tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • Two tablespoon of vinegar
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of black pepper


  • 1.Take a bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl.
  • Mix well to get a homogenized mixture.
  • Your dish is ready to be served.


Keyword eggs, mixed greens, vinegar

Cooking Classic Salade Lyonnaise on a Grill

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Now, let’s venture off the beaten path and explore a unique twist to our beloved Salade Lyonnaise – grilling it! Yes, you read that right. We’re going to take this classic French salad to the next level by adding some smoky flavors.

Here are some tips to guide you through this process:

  • Grilled Greens: Lightly oil your greens and grill them for a few seconds until they start to wilt. This will add a smoky flavor to your salad.
  • Grilled Lardons: Instead of frying the lardons, try grilling them. They’ll become crispy and acquire a delicious smoky taste.
  • Grilled Egg: This might sound unusual, but you can actually grill an egg! Just crack it into a small, heatproof dish and place it on the grill. The result is a beautifully cooked egg with a slightly smoky flavor.

Remember, the key to a successful grilled Salade Lyonnaise is to keep a close eye on your ingredients as they cook. Grilling can be a bit unpredictable, so it’s important to adjust the cooking times as needed.

So, there you have it – a new spin on the traditional Salade Lyonnaise using a grill. It’s proof that with a little creativity, we can adapt classic recipes to different cooking methods without losing their essence. Happy grilling!

Tips for making French Classic Salade Lyonnaise

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The process of creating the perfect Classic Salade Lyonnaise in Julia’s kitchen

Julia’s Cooking Tips for French Classic Salade Lyonnaise

Creating a Salade Lyonnaise might seem daunting at first, but fear not! I’m here to share some cooking tips that will make your experience enjoyable and stress-free.

  • Quality Ingredients: The beauty of this salad lies in its simplicity, so use the freshest ingredients you can find.
  • The Perfect Egg: The traditional Salade Lyonnaise features a poached egg. The key is to have a runny yolk that acts as a dressing when broken.
  • Crispy Lardons: Fry the lardons until they are crispy. This adds a wonderful texture to the salad.

Serving Suggestions for Your French Classic Salade Lyonnaise

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Once you’ve prepared your Salade Lyonnaise, how should you serve it? Here are some ideas:

  • Bread: A crusty baguette is the perfect accompaniment to this salad.
  • Wine: A glass of Beaujolais, a red wine from the region of Lyon, pairs beautifully with this dish.
  • Cheese: A slice of creamy Brie or sharp Roquefort can add an extra dimension of flavor.

FAQS About Julia’s French Classic Salade Lyonnaise Recipe

Let’s address some frequently asked questions about the Salade Lyonnaise:

  • Can I prepare the Salade Lyonnaise in advance? Yes, you can prepare the salad ingredients in advance, but I recommend poaching the egg and assembling the salad just before serving.
  • Can I add other ingredients to my Salade Lyonnaise? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different greens, proteins, or even fruits.
  • What if I don’t like poached eggs? You can substitute the poached egg with a soft-boiled or fried egg.
  • Can I make a vegetarian version of Salade Lyonnaise? Yes, you can replace the lardons with a vegetarian alternative like smoked tofu.
  • Can I use a different dressing for my Salade Lyonnaise? Traditionally, the salad is dressed with a Dijon vinaigrette, but feel free to use your favorite dressing.

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