The Luxembourg Salad

Like everyone in France, the French family I’m working for knows how to cook. We’ve had everything from blanquette de veau to duck confit and with each bite of each dish, my love for French cooking is reaffirmed. One salad that they commonly prepare for special occasions and dinner parties is one that I’m calling The Luxembourg Salad, named after le Jardin du Luxembourg steps away from the family’s house.

Not only is it simple to make but it looks beautiful served in a big shallow bowl and tastes great. For all I know this may not be very popular to make at all, but it will always remind me of gathering around the table for a French dinner party.

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The Luxembourg Salad


  • Fresh, small mozzarella balls
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Salad greens
  • Slices of proscuitto
  • Figs (I substituted dates – still just as good!)
  • Dijon vinaigrette dressing (recipe here)


  1. Wrap mozzarella balls with slices of proscuitto (as pictured).
  2. Toss salad greens with tomatoes and figs (or dates).
  3. Strategically place wrapped mozzarella balls on the top of the salad.
  4. Top with vinaigrette.
  5. Add any additional toppings that you see fit.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

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