Salad Nicoise

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week.

 

My week has been crazy, tiring, and enlightening all at once. The ICU has been an eye-opening learning experience and I have seen and done so much!

But after two weeks of go, go, go, my brain said no, no, no to any more work last night. So I decided that a little dinner in front of the TV would be the perfect break!

I seem to be on a salad kick lately, so I decided that I was going to make the French classic with a simplified twist!

I first had Salad Nicoise at the Rodin Museum in Paris, France. It was the perfect combination of oil-packed tuna fish, crisp haricot vert (French green beans), olives, and hard-boiled egg. It was the perfect combination of flavors and textures and it has become one of my favorite go-to salads on busy nights.

My spin on a salad nicoise starts with a base of arugula.

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I know the traditional salad is only green beans as the base, but I like the fresh, peppery bite that the arugula gives to the salad.

But that doesn’t mean that I totally ditched the green beans! My mom found frozen haricot vert at a local supermarket and I toss them frozen into a skillet and sauté them in a little olive oil until they are nice and crispy.

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Then I place the green beans on the arugula. A pretty burst of spring green on a cold winter night!

Which I follow with some diced up leftover potatoes.

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Roasted, lemon potatoes… yummy!

I layer the tuna fish next.

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It’s starting to look so pretty! I love pretty food, don’t you?

The final row is the hard-boiled egg.

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Sprinkled with a little extra salt, they are the perfect end to this salad.

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Did I mention that I love pretty food?

The final touch is a drizzle of salad dressing.

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I am super particular about dressing this salad (salad dressing on the eggs… no thank you!), so I use a spoon to drizzle it over the salad. But if you are not persnickety like me, go ahead and pour on salad dressing (it’s so much faster!).

Then dig in!

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It is the perfect busy night supper (especially in front of a cheesy Christmas movie!).

 

Enjoy, kiddos!

Your salad makin’ friend,

C

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