Escarole Bistro Salad with Bacon

Winter produce is not limited to citrus. Try winter-fresh escarole as the base of this fresh side salad to put more of winter's offerings to work in your dinner recipes.

Escarole Bistro Salad with Bacon
Photo: Carson Downing
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • ½ cup coarse bread crumbs* or panko

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 small head escarole, trimmed and leaves separated

  • Lemon wedges


  1. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium until browned and crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving drippings. Add bread crumbs and 2 cloves garlic to skillet. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until bread crumbs are browned. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in bacon and chopped parsley.

  2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet. Heat over medium. Add remaining garlic and the shallot to skillet, stirring to scrape up any browned bits. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar, mustard, salt, and black pepper until combined. Whisk in remaining olive oil.

  3. Arrange escarole on a platter. Spoon dressing over. Top with bread crumb mixture and, if desired, additional parsley. Serve with lemon wedges. Serves 4.


In a food processor process one slice of artisanal bread until coarse crumbs form.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

230 Calories
18g Fat
12g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 230
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 536mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 599mg 13%
Folate, total 189.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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