Pic of Escarole and bacon

Escarole and bacon

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Escarole and bacon

Starter Serves 4 15 min
Lettuce-like escarole is the mildest of the endive/chicory/radicchio family. Salty, smoked bacon sets off its slightly bitter taste beautifully. A good addition to this salad is crunchy slices of sweet apple.


  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 115g streaky smoked bacon, diced, ideally quite fatty
  • balsamic or sherry vinegar
  • 1 head escarole
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    First make the dressing by combining the mustard, oil, vinegar and honey. Season to taste.
  • Step 2

    Discard any ratty outer leaves of the escarole. Roughly chop.
  • Step 3

    Fry the bacon until just starting to crisp. Add the to the hot pan to deglaze. Remove from the heat and stir in a little of the dressing.
  • Step 4

    Toss the bacon and the warm dressing with the escarole and serve immediately as a starter.

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