Nicoise Salad (French salad with tuna)

Nicoise Salad (French salad with tuna)

Tuna salad – the French way! Hefty and interesting enough for lunch, but not so heavy it loses its summery appeal.

Use the best tuna you can get, in oil not spring water!

Ingredients

  • 8 baby/chat potatoes (Note 1)
  • 120g/ 4 oz green beans , trimmed
  • 2 tomatoes , each cut into 8 – 10 wedges
  • 1/2 baby cos lettuce (romaine) , cut or torn into large bite size pieces
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs , peeled and quartered
  • ¾ cup/ 100g unpitted black olives (Note 2)
  • 250 – 300g/ 8 – 10oz canned chunk tuna in oil , drained and broken into large chunks (Note 3)

LEMON NICOISE DRESSING:

    • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 small garlic clove , minced/grated
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
    • Pinch black pepper

Instructions

  • Dressing: Shake ingredients in a jar.
  • Cook ptoatoes: Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and leave to fully cool. Slice into halves.
  • Blanch beans: Boil green beans until tender or done to your liking. Drain and refresh under cold running water to quickly cool. Drain, pat well to dry.

ASSEMBLE THE SALAD:

  • Arrange the cos leaves on a large, wide plate.
  • Scatter and layer the remaining ingredients artfully around the plate, finishing with the eggs, olives and chunks of tuna. Drizzle with dressing over and serve!

Recipe Notes:

1. Potatoes – Regular potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks or slices are totally fine too.

2. Olives – Get the best olives you can find. Unpitted kalamata, Ligurian or Nicoise olives in brine or oil are best.

3. Tuna – Not all tuna is created equal! Tuna in oil trumps tuna in spring water.

4. Variations:
– Instead of tuna, anchovies are common and arguably more traditional. Use around a dozen draped over the salad. Modern versions often turn the salad into a seafood meal by serving a whole seared, rare tuna steak on top of the salad.
– Other vegetables sometimes seen in a Nicoise salad: Cucumber, capsicum, artichokes, broad bean (fava beans), red onion, eschalots, radishes. Soft herbs are also sometimes included such as parsley or basil.

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