Chestnut and bacon salad

What's in season for winter


Cooking time
30 minutes or less

Dietary information

Main ingredients
Chestnuts, bacon

Sourced from
The Cook’s Companion App and book

Print Recipe

Use curly endive, radicchio and other salad leaves that have a bit of bite.


4 handfuls salad leaves, washed and dried

4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut 5 mm thick

12 button mushrooms

250 g chestnuts, peeled

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

⅓ cup walnut oil

few drops of red-wine vinegar

freshly ground black pepper



Put salad leaves into a wide, shallow bowl or on a platter. Sauté bacon gently in a heavy-based frying pan until it starts to render some fat. Cook until crisp, then break into pieces and add to salad. Halve any larger mushrooms. Toss mushrooms and chestnuts in hot bacon fat for 2–3 minutes, then remove and add to salad. Add mustard to pan with oil. Stir to mix, then add vinegar. Pour hot dressing over salad immediately and toss to mix. Season with black pepper. Serve at once.