Frisee, Lentils, & Bacon Salad

Frisee, Lentils, & Bacon Salad


2 garlic cloves, sliced
3 shallots, 1 sliced & 2 minced
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
4 thick-cut bacon slices, chopped
2 cups French green lentils
2 cups chicken broth
1 bunch frisée, tough stems removed
1 tsp of balsamic glaze


(Serves 4)

In a blender, combine the garlic, sliced shallot, vinegar, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.

In a large, heavy saucepan over low heat, cook the bacon, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Cook the lentils

Return the saucepan to low heat, add the minced shallots to the bacon fat and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.

Add the lentils, broth and enough water just to cover the lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer gently until just tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Add a little more water if the lentils become too dry. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Immediately add half of the vinaigrette and toss to combine.

Assemble the salad. Scatter the frisée on individual plates and spoon the lentils over the top. Drizzle a little vinaigrette over the salads, sprinkle with the bacon, drizzle balsamic glaze over top, and serve immediately.



Donatella Arpaia

Donatella Arpaia is a chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, and mother. She has built an empire of successful restaurants drawing on the skills, passion, methods, and love for food she learned from her family.