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Crisped Chanterelle Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette #FantasticalFoodFight

Welcome to the May edition of the Fantastical Food Fight. I love this event coordinated by Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. For more information about it, click here.

This month, we were given the challenge of making a salad recipe. I have no dearth of salad ideas from more exotic - Fermented Tea Leaf Salad - to more typical - Radish, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Salad. My younger son is the master kale-massager!

The #FantasticalFoodFight Salad Bar

Warm Chanterelle Salad 
with Bacon Vinaigrette

Though a warm salad might seem strange, we are still having some cold mornings and evenings. And, besides, when I see chanterelles in the market, I do not pass them up!


  • 1 pound chanterelle mushrooms, brushed clean and thinly sliced (or any other kind of mushroom)
  • 1 T butter
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 4 to 5 C salad greens (I used organic, wild arugula)

Bacon Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 organic leek, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 C vinegar (I used apple cider)
  • 1 t raw honey
  • 1 t freshly squeezed lemon juice


Warm Mushrooms
Melt butter in a large, flat-bottom pan. When the butter begins to brown, lay your mushrooms in the pan. Let the mushrooms brown and crisp. Flip the mushrooms and crisp them on the other side. Only after they are crisp should you season them. Adding salt when they are cooking will lead to soggy mushrooms. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside while you make the vinaigrette.

Bacon Vinaigrette
In a large skillet, cook bacon over low heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon browned. Remove bacon from the pan to a plate with a paper towel. Strain bacon fat and return half to the skillet. Add in the leeks and cook until softened and beginning to caramelize, approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Whisk in the vinegar and simmer until reduced to about 3 T, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in honey, lemon juice, and remaining bacon fat.

In large mixing bowl, toss greens with vinaigrette. Top with crisped mushrooms and serve immediately.

+ a Wine Pairing

And, as a bonus, I'm sharing a wine pairing: Accompany this salad with a light-bodied red wine. I poured one from Côte de Brouilly from Domaine Baron de l'Ecluse. Its fruity aromas paired perfectly with the bacon's saltiness and the earthy mushrooms.


  1. mushrooms? bacon? Sold! I'll take a large salad with a glass of wine please. :)

  2. You always come up with the most wonderful flavors in your dishes. This salad is no exception.

    1. Thanks, Karen. This one was fun to make...and eat!

  3. I have never made crispy chanterelles but you can bet that I'm gonna now.

    1. Any kind of crisp mushrooms are a hit in this household, but since chanterelles are so precious, I try to keep those for special dishes.

  4. I adore warm salads with bacon drippings - this is a must try!

    1. Definitely do. I would love to hear how you like it, if you do make it.

  5. Warm salads are so good! I made one last year with bacon and it was amazing!


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