Nicoise salad is one of my favourites, light but protein-rich and great for an easy dinner on a hot night or a portable and filling lunch. The dressing works well for other salads too. This recipe is from my book Eat Right For Your Life.
500g/1 lb baby new potatoes, quartered
200g/7 oz green beans, topped and tailed
1 medium red (Spanish) onion, sliced thinly
150g/5 oz mixed lettuce leaves
250g/9 oz cherry tomatoes
400g/14 oz canned tuna in oil, drained, flaked
4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into quarters
½ cup/90g seeded black olives
3 anchovy fillets in oil, drained and cut in half lengthways
Combine ¼ cup/60ml of lemon juice with one crushed clove of garlic and 2tsp of Dijon mustard (add 60ml olive oil also if desired).
- Steam potatoes and beans until just tender, drain and allow to cool.
- Combine onion, lettuce leaves and cherry tomatoes in a large bowl. Top with potatoes, beans, flaked tuna, eggs, olives and anchovies. Serve with dressing on the side.
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