This Recipe includes
- Mixed greens – you can use any sort of mixed greens like arugula, mâche, frisée, chicory, romain lettuce, baby spinach, etc.
- Gizzard – duck or chicken gizzards, usually sold in a can
- (Optional) Red onion – for a bit of bite
- Balsamic vinegar – for that sweet tangy taste.
- Olive oil – melds well with the balsamic vinegar to make it less sweet
- Salt and pepper – for a bit more flavor
- (Optional) Pine nuts – for a bit of crunch
- (Optional) Parmesan – shredded parmesan cheese to make the salad a light meal with bread.
Why we love it
They’re not something you hear much about as they seem a little intimidating, but if you are looking for something different, gizzard salads are well worth trying. A dark meat, they are full of flavor and usually sold in conserve or cans in grocery stores.
A French recipe, gizzard salads are known as salad des geziers in French and come from the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. (It is often also called salade périgourdine or salade landaise which are small departments within Nouvelle Aquitaine.)
The traditional gizzard used in France is made from duck, but since that is sometimes difficult to find, you can also use chicken or turkey.
Frequently asked questions
1. What to serve with it?
The salad can be served by itself, or you can also serve it as a light meal with carrot and potato soup or a bacon and mushroom quiche. If you want to serve the salad as a starter, consider pairing it with a main dish like oven baked BBQ chicken drumsticks.
2. Can you prepare it in advance?
Yes, you can prepare it 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. 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.
If you like this recipe
- 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 pine nuts
- (Optional) 1/2 red onion
- (Optional) shredded parmesan cheese
- In a small bowl, prepare the dressing by mixing the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, along with the salt and pepper.
- In a pan, cook the gizzards at high heat for 5-8 minutes until it looks cooked.
- Chop the onion into small pieces.
- In a large salad bowl, combine mixed greens with all the ingredients including the cooked gizzards and dressing.
- Toss the salad to make sure that the dressing coats evenly.
- Serve while the gizzards are warm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 814mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 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.
If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic starter recipes that you can make easily. Bon appétit!