Recipe Highlight: Salade Niçoise

Salade Niçoise is my go to dinner for CSA pick up night.

Happy baby 1Even my two year old loves it -I think because she can so easily pick out the separate components.

Salade Niçoise is easy for CSA pick up night because it is hardy and filling and you can have all the cooked ingredients ready and in your refrigerator ahead of time: green beans or asparagus, potatoes, and hard boiled eggs.  All the other ingredients are fresh from the garden or canned from the pantry.

Salade Niçoise (serves 3)

  • 1 head of lettuce (or the appropriate amount of greens for the people who are eating)
  • 1 tomato, cut in wedges
  • ½ C kalamata olives
  • 2 T capers
  • 1 6 oz can good tuna
  • ½ lb green beans or asparagus, steamed or boiled
  • 1 lb small potatoes, boiled
  • 3 hard boiled eggs (try Alton Brown’s electric kettle method!)
  • Classic vinaigretteSalade Niçoise is a composed salad, that is, a salad that is laid out rather than tossed together. To make your salad, lay out your lettuce on a platter, then lay out the ingredients on top of the greens in attractive rows or clusters.  A row of tuna, a row of potatoes, etc. I often make clusters of ingredients with the tuna piled in the center and the other ingredients radiating out from it.After your salad is laid out, pour the dressing over the top and serve.  Everyone can take as much or as little of the ingredients as they want and if there are leftovers they keep amazingly well, which isn’t something you can say for most salads.Salad1Special Note: The key to this salad is to make it look pretty before you bring it to the table. Making the salad look attractive helps kids (and adults) feel more enthusiastic about eating it.  My toddler also tends to try more of the foods if I let her help prepare them.  And, of course, if you are feeding salad to toddler you should make sure that you cut the leaves up into very small pieces.  There is nothing more off putting than trying to cram a too big leaf of lettuce into your mouth.

    I hope you enjoy this family favorite!

 

About the author: Rachel Anderson is a seasoned CSA veteran going into her 8th year of vegetable onslaught (4th year at Blandford). She’d like you to think that means she’s figured out how to use the weekly vegetables in an efficient way, but that would probably be a lie. She has a two year old daughter and another baby girl due to be born smack dab in the middle of the growing season. When she is not corralling vegetables and toddlers, you can find Rachel moonlighting as an adjunct at a local university.

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