Saturday, July 28, 2012
CSA Nicoise Salad
I wanted to try a recipe for Nicoise salad, but didn’t quite have the right ingredients. So I poked around the web a little bit and discovered that these are the basic ingredients that make up a traditional Nicoise salad: Tuna, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Potatoes, Hard Boiled Eggs, Anchovies, Olives. Greens and a Garlic Vinaigrette seem to be an optional addition.
I don’t like olives, so I eliminated them and yes, I eliminated the anchovies too.
I had no Tomatoes in the house. Not quite yet time for them in the CSA, and I hate buying them if they are almost in season. I want to eat what is coming from the CSA. My other concern was getting the Chard into dinner last night and didn’t want it raw. So I decided to braise the Chard in a tomato sauce I had on hand.
So here is the CSA Nicoise Salad I came up with...
Friday Menu – CSA Nicoise Salad
Farm Share Food – Chard, Green Beans, Potatoes
CSA Nicoise Salad
inspired by Tuna Salad Nicoise
2T lemon juice
2 T white wine vinegar
½ t sugar
Salt & Pepper
¼ t garlic powder
4 T extra virgin olive oil
Mix all ingredients except olive oil together. Whisk in olive oil. Set vinaigrette aside.
1 qt small potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
salt and pepper
2 tuna steaks
2 t Herbs de Provence
1 Hard Boiled egg
1 cup green beans, blanched
1 ½ cups braised chard (or other green)
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper in a roasting pan. Roast for 30 minutes or until tender.
Heat another tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Pat dry tuna steak and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and Herbs de Provence. When oil is hot sear tuna steak for 1 ½ minutes per side. When done place on plate.
To plate add 1 Hard Boiled Egg (halved), a handful of green beans, and a serving of braised greens. Serve with vinaigrette for dipping or dressing the salad.
NOTE: if you had small tomatoes – grape or cherry – you could add that to your potatoes after 15 minutes of roasting and roast with the potatoes for the last 10-15 minutes. If you had a green that is yummy raw, like arugula, that could be your green. Canned tuna would make this even quicker to put together.