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Niҫoise Salad

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January 22, 2015 / French / By
YoYo

I was in the mood for a light but consistent lunch. After searching and searching for ideas, I decided to try Nicoise Salad. Since I'm in love with everything France has to offer, I was more than excited to try a French salad.

I really liked it and it was more than enough for me and my friend. We have some delicious leftovers in our fridge. I will add French baguette and transform them into sandwiches tomorrow.

If I wanted a French lunch, this is exactly what I would get! It took me about 30 minutes to prepare the salad and more than 45 minutes to enjoy it. With a glass of white wine next to us, me and my friend had a very long and lovely lunch break. After all, this is how French people like their lunch, right?

Now let's talk about that salad! Is very easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy!

Ingredients:

Salad:

1/2 lettuce

200 grams (about ½ pound) of green beans

2 medium potatoes

Salt and pepper

2 tomatoes or 5 cherry tomatoes (I used regular tomatoes)

1 can of tuna fresh seared

3 eggs

50 grams olives (about ¼ cup)

1 tablespoon capers

You can add anchovies if you want.

Dressing:

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon finely minced shallot. If you don't have shallots, add 1 teaspoon of ¾ onion and ¼ garlic mix. It worked just fine for me.

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instruction:

For dressing:

Add the lemon juice in a bowl. Add the Dijon mustard and mix them together. Continue mixing while adding the oil slowly. Add shallot (or the onion and garlic mix), salt and pepper.

For salad:

If you use fresh beans, wash and trim the ends and then drop the beans in boiled water and cook them for 3-4 minutes or until cooked. Transfer them to a bowl and let them cool. I used canned beans so mine were already cooked.

Peel potatoes and cut them into 2.5 cm (1 inch) slices. Put them into boiling water and let them cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked. Check them often to make sure they are still intact. Remove from water and place them in another bowl to cool.

Boil the eggs until hard (12-15 minutes depending on egg size).

Cut the lettuce and the tomatoes. You can assemble the salad or simply add all the ingredients into a bowl. I decided to assemble the salad and add the ingredients in separate piles. I added the dressing and then more salt and pepper, according to taster.

Servings: 2 hungry people or 3-4 regular servings.

You can serve it with toast or crusty bread but I highly recommend you enjoy the salad with white wine.

My inspiration: Salad Nicoise from Panning the Globe

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