When we think about salads, the first things that come to mind are usually not related to the dish’s taste, but more to a healthy lunch choice. Of course, there are a few famous salads, like the iconic Caesar salad and the popular Waldorf salad, but in general, the idea of having a plate full of green leaves doesn’t excite the foodies among us.
However, as they do with everything that involves cooking, the French managed to make salads a mouth-watering gourmet dish. If you have ever been to a French bistro before, you have certainly noticed that there are always a couple of salads on the menu, no matter the restaurant’s style of cooking. That’s because French salads are not only made of green leaves, tomatoes, olives, and random vegetable additions, but can involve deliciously cooked meat, fresh fish, cheese, eggs cooked in different ways, and even luxurious ingredients like foie gras. The French definitely know how to enjoy every single meal, even when it comes to a quick salad. Here are a few of the best French salads to easily recreate at home.
A classic that always delivers, the salade Niçoise is one of the most popular in France, easily found on menus all over the country. The salad includes tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, and anchovies, topped with a simple olive oil dressing and herbs. Perfect for a terrace lunch.
Salade au chèvre chaud
The salade au chèvre chaud is a favorite of cheese lovers. A classic green salad topped with crispy bacon bits and crunchy bread covered with warm and creamy goat cheese, usually topped with honey and walnuts. Can you think of a better option?
The perfect lunch salad, filled with simple yet tasty ingredients. Ham, Emmental cheese, hard-boiled eggs, mushrooms, and, of course, green salad. It gets finished off with a mustard-based vinaigrette.
French people don’t all agree on what goes into a salade Auvergnate, but, in general, this dish includes Cantal cheese, ham or crispy bacon, sometimes potatoes, shallots, and walnuts. Some even use bleu d’Auvergne instead of Cantal and add tomatoes to the mix—the more (ingredients), the merrier!
Another delicious warm salad, coming from the heart of French cooking. The salade Lyonnaise features dandelion leaves, crispy bacon, croutons, and a delicate poached egg, all topped with a classic vinaigrette and parsley. Simple and delicious.
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