Périgord salad (Landaise salad) with gizzards

Get the easy recipe for périgord salad from the Dordogne-Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France. With duck or chicken gizzard and a balsamic vinaigrette.
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This Recipe uses:

  • Mixed greens
  • Pieces of gizzard (duck or chicken)
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • (Optional) Red onion
  • (Optional) Walnuts
  • (Optional) Parmesan

The Périgord in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of of France is noted for its cuisine, especially its duck and goose specialities such as confit de canard and foie gras.

With duck being so popular in this part of western France, it stands to reason that one of its namesake dishes is the salade périgordine featuring the duck. (The department next door has a similar salad called the salade Landaise originating from the Landes area which is also famous for its duck specialities.)

But it is not just any part of the duck. The traditional Périgordine recipe involves duck gizzards, which are basically cooked and preserved duck giblets. As such, the Périgord salad is sometimes called the salade des geziers since the cooked gizzards are served on top, along with a bit of crunch such as walnuts, croutons, etc.

If you are a bit concerned about eating gizzards, rest assured that they are quite delicious, almost like bacon but a bit more tender. You can also use smoked duck pieces or duck confit if you don’t have gizzards. These days chicken gizzards have also become relatively popular.

Frequently asked questions

What to serve with it?

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You can serve this périgord salad as a light meal along with a bruschetta or a some panisse.

You can also serve it as a starter with a pasta dish like carbonara scallop pasta or a French onion risotto.

What drinks to serve with it?

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For drinks, try a red wine from the Sud-Ouest region like a Cahors or Bergerac to keep with the local Perigord theme.

If you don’t like red wine, try a white pouilly fumé from the nearby Loire valley. You can read more about French wines here.

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Can you prepare it in advance?

Yes, you can prepare salad périgord in advance, but I would recommend keeping the gizzards, the salad, and the dressing separately. Cook the gizzards until they are almost done, and leave them on a dry paper towel and place them in an airtight glass container.

In addition, keep the salad dressing separately in a bowl in the fridge for a few hours. When ready to serve, heat the gizzards quickly in a pan on the stovetop, and then assemble the salad by combining the dressing and the gizzards.

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Périgord salad (Landaise salad) with gizzards

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

An easy perigord salad with mixed greens and a balsamic vinaigrette that can be served as a starter or a side dish.

Ingredients

  • 5oz bag of mixed greens
  • 12-16 pieces of gizzard (duck or chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • (Optional) 2 tablespoons of crushed walnuts
  • (Optional) 1/2 red onion
  • (Optional) shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, prepare the dressing by mixing the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, along with the salt and pepper.
  2. In a pan, cook the gizzards at high heat for 5-8 minutes until it looks cooked.
  3. Chop the onion into small pieces.
  4. In a large salad bowl, combine mixed greens with all the ingredients including the cooked gizzards and dressing.
  5. Toss the salad to make sure that the dressing coats evenly.
  6. Serve while the gizzards are warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 815mgSodium: 284mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 49g

Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.

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