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 Salade Nicoise

Picture of Salade Nicoise

Click the picture to see how really tasty this salad Nicoise looks. It's easy to prepare as long as you do it in the correct sequence.

KEY POINTS

 Preparation Time:  20 mins  Cooking Time:   25 minutes
 How Difficult  Easy  Freeze?   No
 Servings

2 good portions

Cooking Equipment
No special equipment just the pans to cook the eggs, potatoes and French beans. You will need a salad bowl or similar to serve the Salade Nicoise.

INGREDIENTS

Metric Imperial
THE SALAD THE SALAD
2 large eggs
450g new potatoes 1lb new potatoes
110g French beans 4oz French beans

1 medium red onion

250g small cherry tomatoes 12oz small cherry tomatoes
½ small cucumber ½ small cucumber
110g rocket or lettuce 4oz rocket or lettuce
50g olives (black is best) 2oz olives (black is best)
25g anchovy fillets 1oz anchovy fillets
400g tinned tuna 14oz tinned tuna
THE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING THE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING
6 tablespoons best olive oil
1 level teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves
1 full teaspoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 full teaspoon of dried herbs (basil, oregano) or 2 tablespoons if using fresh herbs

Preparation
Boil the new potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes, allow 10 minutes for them to cool.
Lightly boil the French beans (top and tail them first) for 15 minutes, allow 5 minutes for them to cool.
Boil the eggs for 7 minutes, run them under cold water for 3 minutes (to prevent grey rings forming between the egg white and yolk) then place in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Some of the prepared ingredients for the salad While the above are cooking / cooling:

Roughly chop the onions and separate the chunks into rings.
Rip the rocket or lettuce into slices.
Chop the cucumber into chunks.
Empty out the tuna and use a fork to separate it into chunks.
Make the vinaigrette dressing as described below.


VINAIGRETTE FOR THE SALADE NICOISE
Mix the vinaigrette in a sealed jar Crush the garlic and put it in a jar with the salt, pepper, mustard powder, red wine vinegar, olive oil and herbs.

Shake it for all you are worth until everything is well mixed. This should take about 3 to 4 minutes

Final Preparation
Slice the cooked potatoes into halves and the eggs into quarters. Cut the French beans into halves. Slice the cherry tomatoes into halves

The Greek salad ready to serve Arrange the rocket, tomatoes, cucumber, French beans, onions and potatoes at the base of the dish. Drizzle about half the vinaigrette over it.

Add the tuna, eggs and olives over the top then criss-cross the anchovies over them (we forgot before taking the picture). Drizzle the remaining vinaigrette over the top of the Salade Nicoise and serve with lots of fresh baguettes.



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