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Salade Nicoise

shantihhh's picture
This classic Salade Niçoise is updated using purple potatoes and fresh asparagus. You can either use canned albacore or seared fresh ahi. Sometimes I use Haricot Verts, but love the freshness and texture of Spring asparagus. You can use either oil canned anchovies or the wonderful salt cured ones from Italy or Spain. I use my own home cured olives although of course the Niçoise olives of Provence are traditional. Remember you eat first with your eyes-so paint a colourful palette for the palate.
Ingredients
  Purple potatoes 4 Small, cooked, then quartered
  Chopped flat leaf parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Pitted olives 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (1 handful)
  Sweet onion 1⁄4 Large, thinly sliced
  Albacore tuna 1 Can (10 oz), drained
  Green beans 1⁄3 Pound, blanched
  Greens 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Hard boiled egg 2 , quartered
  Heirloom tomatoes 2 , cut into large chunks
  Capers 2 Tablespoon
  Anchovy fillets 14
  Evoo 3 Tablespoon
  Fresh lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic/A few sprays of roasted garlic essence 1 Clove (5 gm), minced
  Freshly ground peppercorns To Taste (5 colored)
  Sea salt To Taste
  Shredded fresh basil 1 Tablespoon (for garnish)
Directions

Directions:
In small bowl, whisk together ingredients for lemon vinaigrette, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, parsley, olives, onion, tuna, green beans and 3 tablespoons lemon vinaigrette. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
Arrange bed of lettuce on plates. Spoon chilled vegetable mixture evenly over lettuce and top decoratively with eggs, tomatoes, capers and anchovies. Drizzle enough dressing over to moisten. Serve, passing remaining dressing separately.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
French
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Servings: 
2
Story
I first learned to make this flavourful salade in Nice, France while traveling about Europe as a student between high school and my university years. During these few months my interest in European cuisines and wines was stimulated by the fantastic variety that I experienced every day.

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2 Comments

Ganesh.Dutta's picture
healthy recipe! salad always known as a life saver because its fiberous nature!
shantihhh's picture
What are your favourite blue or purple potatoes? Shanti/Mary-Anne