Salad Périgourdine (Perigord Salad)
Taken from: Traditional French Food, www.traditionalfrenchfood.com
Serves:- 4-6. Preparation time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 5 minutes.
Salade Périgourdine is a traditional French recipe from the region of Perigord, (in the Dordogne in the south west of France). It is a favorite in this area, which is famous for its consumption of duck.
Its most special ingredient is gesier de canard, often known as ‘Salad de Gesier’ using cooked, preserved duck giblets. If you have never tasted them before you are really missing something. They are tender and full of flavor. A typical example of a confit preservation.
This traditional French salad can also be made with lardons (bacon) & slices of smoked duck breast.
- 2 crisp and crunchy lettuces
- walnut oil
- cooked or preserved duck giblets (gesier de canard), sliced
- 50g (2oz) of bread cut inti small cubes
- 125g (4oz) of shelled, chopped walnuts
- wine vinegar.
- Break up, wash and spin the lettuce dry.
- Put aside in a large salad bowl.
- Put some walnut oil into a frying pan and fry the giblets for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the bread cubes and fry until crunchy and golden.
- Add the walnuts and turn up the heat for a few seconds.
- Remove from heat and add a splash of wine vinegar and stir the mixture together.
- Pour the hot mixture over the lettuce.
- Add salt and freshly ground pepper and serve immediately.