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Salad & Other Things: with Sumo Salad

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Hi everyone. August already and spring is approaching fast. Also Father’s Day is just around the corner. Well kids, young and old, why not treat your old man to a salad? If your dad is anything like mine (ie. meat and three veg), salad was not really a word that was ever used in his vocabulary. However my old man loved this one. I picked it up in Villard De Lans France whilst working as a Ski Tech. (Jacqui says about one hour tech, seven hours ski-ing – whilst she had the easier job of cleaning chalets.) It was a tough job and somebody had to do it!

This is called Salad Lyonnaise. As the name suggests, it originates from the Lyon region and, guess what, it’s so easy to do. Traditionally this salad uses Frisee but you could use any salad leaf, that is available (Iceburg would not do this salad justice).Big blokey blokes may not find enough protein in this salad so add another egg or two and/or more bacon.

Just as a separate note - Lyon is the walnut growing region of France but replacing the walnut oil with olive oil is just fine!

A handful of fresh lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces

3 strips streaky bacon

1 slice French bread (or similar) and a little butter to make buttered croutons

1 poached egg

1 Tbsp walnut or olive oil

1 Tbsp wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook strips of bacon on medium heat until done, about five minutes. Remove from heat, drain off excess fat onto a paper towel. Once cool, chop.
Cut bread into cubes. Add 1tsp of butter to the bacon pan and toast bread on medium heat. Do not stir bread unless to turn to a different side once one side is toasted. Poach egg your way.
Layer the salad, bacon, and croutons on a salad plate. In a small jar, mix the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over salad. Top with the poached egg.
If you want to treat the old man, why not bring him to Sumo anytime between now and Father’s Day and use the attached voucher.

Sumo Salad Café, 67 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna.
Phone 09 489 7866. Email


by Channel Editorial