Salad Nicoise

If you’re a carnivore like I’ve always been, you’ll understand why I say, a salad for lunch is like undeserved punishment.  It’s only after I got married a few years ago, that I started thinking of a more balanced diet and included salads in my regular fare.  But this particular one is so substantial and good, even I crave it once in a while.  It’s called Salad Nicoise.

This is a classic from the Nice region in France.The basic ingredients for a classic Nicoise will include anchovies, black olives, tuna, hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes.  Everything else, so I’ve been told, is incidental or the ccook’s own choice.

You can use a bottled dressing but making your own from scratch will really only take a few minutes.  It’s nothing at all like commercial preparations.

In the early days of my attempts at homemade dressings, I would put everything in a bottle, close the lid tight and shake it all up till it came together.  I always worried about the dressing separating on me, mainly because it had – more times than I care to remember, actually.

Eventually, I realized if I make the dressing just before I serve, it won’t have time to separate – so there went all my fears….

This recipe is from Nora Daza’s “A Culinary Life” written with Michaela Fenix.  It’s the best recipe for Nicoise I’ve tried.

Salad Nicoise:

3 pcs. boiled red potatoes, diced

100 gms. green beans, boiled and cut in 1/2 slices

2-4 pcs. red firm Roma tomatoes, cut into quarter of eighthslettuce (iceberg, romaine, boston, red leaf)  torn in bite-sized pieces

1 c. tuna fish chunks in oil, drained

1 hard cooked egg, sliced

6 anchovy fillets

8-10 pieces black olives

Prepare a plate with all the vegetables.  Leave some of the tomatoes for garnish.  Arrange chunk of tuna in the center of the plate.

French Dressing:

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

3-4 tbsps. olive oil

salt and pepper to taste.

Put mustard, salt, pepper and vinegar in a small bowl.  Add oil slowly while mixing constantly.  Correct seasoning and chill before serving. Or put everything in a bottle and shake vigorously.

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One Reply to “Salad Nicoise”

  1. I love salads… but the key to keep your weight down is the dressing.
    Do you have recipes for low fat low sugar salad dressings?
    A dressing that is light and refreshing, like a lemon based (calamansi).

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