|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 41g||52%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||34%|
|Total Carbohydrate 22g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||15%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 19mg||97%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The Niçoise salad is an elegant, composed salad featuring tuna, potatoes, hard-boiled egg, olives, and green beans.
Anchovies are another key component, but I know not everyone feels the same way about them. As such, I've included the anchovies in the dressing where they won't be visible, but you'll still get their flavor.
You could, of course, serve whole anchovy fillets atop the salad, as is traditionally done, or leave them out altogether if you must.
For the Salad:
1/2 pound white potatoes, scrubbed
1/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
4 cups salad greens, baby greens, or larger greens, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 large (12-ounce) can tuna, drained
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
2/3 cup brine-cured pitted black olives, such as Kalamata
10 to 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
For the Dressing:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup aged red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
3 to 4 anchovy fillets
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Gather the ingredients.
Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Boil the potatoes for about 4 minutes.
Remove with a slotted spoon, drain, then slice them in half. (Leave the water in the pot, though; you'll use it for blanching the green beans in a few moments.)
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, with a bit of olive oil until it's quite hot, then place the sliced potatoes in the pan, cut-side down.
Sear for a minute or two until the potatoes are lightly browned, then remove them from the pan and transfer to a bowl. Toss with kosher salt and set aside.
Bring the water back to a boil, and add the green beans. Blanch for 2 minutes.
Remove with tongs to a bowl of ice water to shock them and keep them from cooking further. Drain and dry them with paper towels and set aside.
Combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, and anchovies in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. (The anchovies are salty, so you might not need much additional salt.)
Place the salad greens in a bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the dressing and toss to coat. Arrange the greens on 4 serving plates or 1 large platter. Distribute the potato halves equally, with the browned sides facing up.
Toss the green beans, olives, and tomatoes with enough additional dressing to lightly coat them, and arrange them on the salad.
Divide the tuna and place it in the center of plates. Arrange the hard-boiled egg quarters, then garnish with the fresh parsley and serve.
Note: Instead of the vinaigrette, you could serve a Niçoise salad with garlic aioli.