Thursday, September 11, 2008

Salad Niçoise, Our Way

This is one of my favorite dinners.  I can't remember when P started making it, but I'm glad he did.  The sushi-grade tuna makes it special for a weekday dinner and fancy enough for company.  I love the crunch of the haricot verts and the warmth of the seared tuna and  creamy potatoes with the cool, crisp lettuce and tomatoes.

 Of course, we omit the niçoise stalwarts of olives and hard-boiled eggs, since I don't like them, but feel free to include them if you try this yourself

Our Salad Niçoise

Romaine, leaf or boston lettuce, cleaned
Haricot verts (or regular green beans)
Red Bliss or other small potatoes
Grape tomatoes
Tuna steak

Fancy mustard (coarse, Dijon, whatever)
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Apple cider vinegar
Salt, pepper
Herbes de Provence (optional)
Small shallot (optional)

Prep the beans: blanch small batches in rapidly boiling, generously salted water for about a minute, or until you hear beans start to "pop". Immerse immediately in ice water to shock. Once chilled, try thoroughly.

Throw the potatoes (whole) into the still-boiling water. Cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from water, let cool and dice.

Wash the grape tomatoes and split each in two.

Make the dressing: combine about a teaspoon of mustard with a 2:1 balsamic-to-apple cider vinegar blend. Add finely minced shallots and a nice pinch of herbes de Provence (if you're using them). Start whisking and drizzle in olive oil until volume is about doubled. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For the tuna, rub each side with a little olive oil and season with coarse salt and coarsely ground pepper. Sear in a blazing hot grill pan for about 2 minutes on each side.

Let the tuna rest for a minute, slice up, and combine all the components however you like.


Julia said...

This sounds really good! Do you think it would be interesting to switch the green bean types with asparagas?

hayleynichols88 said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog : ) This looks delicious, I have only recently tried fresh tuna (awful, I know!) and I'm hooked so I'll have to give this a try. The dressing look great!

MrOrph said...

What's up home girl! Thanks for the comments on my blog. Your blog is making me homesick big time!

This salad is an excellent variation. I like what you all have done with it.