I just love France and one of my biggest foreign food cravings is a Parisian café salad. The tart, runny dressing, melting chèvre chaud (that’s hot goat’s cheese) and crisp veggies are a lunchtime delight. The trick to making this at home is the dressing, which is so easy to make.

paris cafe salad


1 T. Dijon mustard

3 T. red wine vinegar

½ tsp salt

White or black pepper to taste

1 egg

2/3 cup olive oil

Gluten-free baguette bread, sliced thinly from the smaller ends

One log fresh goat cheese

Your favorite lettuce


In a small stainless steel bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper and egg until frothy. Gradually add oil and whisk until mixture is yellow and thoroughly combined.


Heat the broiler on low. Slice the goat cheese and place one slice atop each piece of baguette bread. Place the cheese covered bread pieces on a baking pan and then put the pan under the broiler. Arrange lettuce and tomatoes onto plates in the meantime and drizzle with the dressing. Refrigerate any leftover dressing. Brown the cheese lightly for several minutes and remove from the oven. Arrange the toasted cheese and bread pieces on each plate and serve.

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paris cafe salad

2 thoughts on “Paris Café Salad

  1. Krista

    Ohhh, this looks and sounds AMAZING!! I love these kinds of salads too. 🙂 I will definitely be adding goat cheese to my shopping list for next week. 🙂


    1. Andrea Post author

      It’s so good, isn’t it, Krista? Goat cheese is the only kind I eat these days (my acupuncturist wants me off all dairy but that’s so hard!!!)


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