Asparagus, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Bistro Salad
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings/Yield: 4 Servings
We all need a solid bistro salad recipe, don’t we? This asparagus, bacon, and goat cheese bistro salad recipe is not only delicious, but it has two of the most important food groups —bacon and cheese—amply covered. Crisp-tender asparagus; crumbled bacon bits; creamy, almond-crusted medallions of chèvre; and a tangy Meyer lemon vinaigrette turn this plate of mixed greens into a salad suitable for any Parisian bistro menu. You might even start wearing a black beret. Our garlic almonds make a wonderfully crunchy crust for the goat cheese in this bistro salad recipe. This salad goes really well with our sweet potato, apple, and brie crostini, but really, all you’ll need to make this salad a perfect meal is a baguette and a glass of sparkling white wine.
8 slices bacon, cut crosswise into ¼” strips
1 bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed
1 large head frisée lettuce or 8 cups any spring green, such as mâche or spring mix
For goat cheese medallions:
¼ cup fine dry bread crumbs
⅓ cup SantéⓇ Garlic Almonds, finely ground in a food processor
½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
8 ounce log soft goat cheese
1 egg, well-beaten
2 tablespoons olive oil
Zest from ½ Meyer lemon
2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
½ cup olive oil
In a small bowl mix together crumbs, almonds, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cut goat cheese into 8 rounds. Dip goat cheese lightly in egg, then gently press cheese into crumb mixture on both sides and place on a plate. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine lemon zest and juice, mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, and oil. Place lid on jar and shake well to combine.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium, and cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and set aside.
Wipe out skillet used to cook bacon, add olive oil to pan, and turn heat to medium low. Gently fry goat cheese medallions, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. If needed, use a spatula to help gently form the medallions. Transfer to plate with bacon to drain.
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain well, transfer to ice water, and cool completely. Drain well.
In a large bowl toss frisée with vinaigrette and divide between plates. Top with bacon, asparagus, and goat cheese medallions.