Poached Leeks with Mustard Vinaigrette

These delicately flavored leeks make a light first course and are as good at room temperature as chilled. You might serve them on individual plates, to greet each guest as he or she comes to the table.

6 servings

Cooking Methodpoaching



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Texturesavory, tangy

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 12 leeks, about 1½ inches in diameter, trimmed to leave about 2 inches of the green part
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon imported French mustard, such as Dijon
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and grated, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 anchovies, slivered, optional


  1. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and place under cold running water to clean out any grit from the folds.

  2. In a large, shallow skillet bring enough salted water to cover the leeks to a boil. Add the leeks, cut side down, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover, and poach the leeks for 5 to 7 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the leeks to a kitchen towel to drain, cut side down.


  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and mustard until they start to emulsify. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking until the mixture becomes creamy.


  6. In a small bowl, toss the egg with the parsley.

  7. Arrange the leeks on a small platter or on individual plates with the white tips facing one direction. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the leeks and scatter the parsley and egg mixture over the white tips. Place a sliver of anchovy over the chopped egg and parsley mixture.


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