Nicoise Salad: Great for the Green Bean Harvest

We have more than a healthy harvest of green beans. I’m picking every other day and freezing them as fast as I can, but c’mon, kids, we have to eat some of these fresh!

When NH actually asked for that salad with the tuna and boiled eggs, he didn’t mention the green beans, but it gave me a great way to serve some.

My mom used to make this for us when we were young. I liked it’s presentation, which is only basic ingredients put together to feel fancier than they really are.

We always mispronounced it at our house. I won’t tell you how we said it, but the correct pronunciation is niˈswaz. It’s wonderful with a melon fruit bowl and baguettes or hard rolls with real butter.

Nicoise Salad

2 tablespoons green onions
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
½ teaspoon dill weed (I used fresh dill)
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
1 pkg. Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix
2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar

5 medium red potatoes, cooked, peeled and thickly sliced
1 -2 cups trimmed and lightly steamed green beans
lettuce leaves
2 cans of white albacore tuna
or 16 oz. canned salmon
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
3 boiled eggs, quartered
½ pitted olives, quartered

1. In the morning or night before serving, do steps 1 and 2. Make dressing. In a screw-top jar, combine green onions, parsley, dill weed, garlic salt and dressing mix, olive oil and vinegar. Cover; shake well.

2. In a medium bowl, pour ¼ cup dressing over potatoes; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours. In another bowl, pour ¼ cup dressing over green beans; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate until chilled.

3. To serve, line large serving platter with lettuce leaves. Spoon potatoes onto center of plate. Arrange tuna or salmon over potatoes. Spoon green beans around potatoes.

4. Alternately plate tomato wedges and egg quarters over beans. Garnish with olives. Pour remaining dressing over salad. Serves 5-6.

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2 Comments

  1. Rebecca
    Aug 19, 2009

    Yummy. You were right about the mystery plant at our house, by the way. It was green beans…but they didn’t turn out. =( I’ll have to eat Farmer’s Market green beans instead of our own homegrown ones.

  2. Rachel Corbett
    Aug 20, 2009

    Yum- I love that salad!

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