Salad Niçoise

08/01/2013 in Salads & Vegetables

What does the word “Niçoise” mean?
It means of or pertaining to Nice, France. Dishes that are served à la Niçoise are characterized by ingredients common to the south of France — black olives and olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, green beans, potatoes, and anchovies (Source of Information)

My favourite salad of all time is Salad Niçoise because it has ingredients that I absolutely love. Tuna and anchovies are right up there among my list of favourite salad “goodies”. When I contemplated what to make for dinner tonight I considered the heat and also the fact that I get terribly lethargic in the heat and don’t have the energy to do much. This salad, like so many other salads has a very low effort level, so without rambling on too much, here is my Salad Niçoise……easy peasy!

Makes a salad for two
10 fresh green beans (top and tailed)
1 Packet frilly lettuce
Half an onion (thinly sliced)
Handful of baby tomatoes (washed and halved)
Packet of pitted black olives
Tin anchovy fillets
1 tin tuna in saltwater (drained)
3 hardboiled eggs cut in quarters
6 baby potatoes (boiled and halved)

Place the lettuce, tomato and green beans (which you have halved or quartered) in a large bowl. Season and drizzle with a good olive oil and toss around till all the leaves are coated. Place a handful of the salad mixture on a plate and decoratively add the remaining ingredients. Serve with whole wheat bread and a creamy salad dressing of your choice.

I served my Salad Niçoise with Ina Paarman’s Herb salad dressing and a low GI Nutty Wheat bread

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