Sunday, April 26

Salad on Sunday: Salade Niçoise

I’ve never met a Niçoise salad that I didn’t like, and it seems that I am in good company. Julia Child once wrote, “Niçoise is my all-time favorite, with its fresh butter-lettuce foundation; its carefully cooked, beautiful green green beans; its colorful contrast of halved hard-boiled eggs, ripe red tomatoes, and black olives; all fortified by chunks of tunafish and freshly opened anchovies."

I’ve reprinted Julia’s basic version, but in theory you can use anything that you happen to like or have on hand. There is also a very good Salmon Nicoise Salad from Martha Stewart and former supermodel Paulina Porizkova on the Martha Stewart website.

1 large head Boston-lettuce leaves, washed and dried 

1 pound green beans, cooked and refreshed 

1-1/2 tablespoons minced shallots 

1/3 cup basic vinaigrette 
(my recipe below)
Salt and freshly ground pepper 

10 to 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 or 4 new potatoes potatoes, peeled, sliced, and cooked 

Two 3-ounce cans high quality chunk tuna, preferably oil-packed 

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved 

1 freshly opened can of flat anchovy fillets 

1/3 cup small black Niçoise-type olives 

2 to 3 tablespoons capers 

3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Arrange the lettuce leaves on a large platter or in a shallow bowl. Shortly before serving, toss the beans with the shallots, tomatoes, spoonfuls of vinaigrette and salt and pepper. Place the potatoes in the center of the platter and arrange a mound of beans and tuna. Add halves of hard-boiled eggs, sunny side up, and curl an anchovy on top of each egg. Spoon more vinaigrette over salad. Scatter on olives, capers, and parsley, and serve.

1 tablespoon coarse-grain mustard
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon hot water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Whisk together mustard, shallot, sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar and 1 teaspoon hot water in a small bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.

Serves 6


Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Yummm.. can't wait to try Julia's version & Paulina's. It's certainly eeking more towards salad weather here in Houston.
Have a great Sunday!

annechovie said...

I am a big fan of the Nicoise, Ronda. Thanks for the recipe and you know I will have to include the anchovies! Have a great Sunday!

ALL THE BEST said...

My mom was saying that it's getting quite warm in the bayou city!

Of course you will Anne! :-) Enjoy!!

pve design said...

Why just yesterday I made one for my our Saturday Family Lunch! It is one of my favorites salads.

ALL THE BEST said...

Indeed I am in good company!

red ticking said...

yummie... i love it ! (when you come to seattle someday - wink) i will take you to my wonderful friend"s french restaurant who makes the ULTIMATE nicoise... and i will try this one very soon!! have a wonderful day... pam

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

This looks like a good hearty Sunday night meal! It's going on my list!

At Home with Kim Vallee said...

I am a definite Niçoise salad lover. It is a perfect meal on a summer day. My vinaigrette differs from Julia. I often use romaine lettuce instead (prefer its crispness) and put herbs freshly picked from my herb garden.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Few dishes are so perfect, to my mind.

ALL THE BEST said...

Herbs freshly picked from the garden sounds wonderful!!! We have been planting like crazy this week.

ALL THE BEST said...

To my mind as well An Aesthete's Lament! Once again I am in good company!!

ALL THE BEST said...

Would LOVE that Pam! I promise to let you know if I ever come to Seattle! The ULTIMATE nicoise sounds tempting!!

Michele said...

What a beautiful and [assumingly] delicious salad!

Pigtown-Design said...

Ohhhh. it would be perfect for this evening... it's 90 here in baltimore today. must be that global warming.