Monday, May 21, 2007

Salade Nicoise


2 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 t. Dijon Mustard
3 T. Red wine Vinegar

juice of one lemon

1/2 cup olive oil

1 t. course salt

1 t. fresh ground pepper

Put minced garlic, Dijon mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a blender. Turn blender on low and slowly drizzle in olive oil, once all olive oil is added turn off blender and set dressing aside for salad.

~Salade Nicoise~

1 Pound new potatoes

10 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed

1 pound fresh Tuna steak, about 3/4" thick

1 T. olive oil

1/2 pound ripe medium tomatoes, cut into quarters

1/2 cup Nicoise olives, pitted

4 hard boiled eggs, quartered

1/4 cup capers

2 T. fresh parsley. chopped

1 T. fresh chives, snipped

1 can anchovy fillets packed in oil, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes, drained, patted dry and cut in half.

Slices of crusty bread, toasted.

1. Dry the Tuna steak with paper towel, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a cast iron grill pan to hot. Place the tuna on the pan and cook on each side for about 4 minutes. I like my tuna done through so I cook it that way; however, tuna is typically cooked medium rare. If you prefer you can grill your tuna on a charcoal grill.

2. Boil the potatoes on salted water until they are just done. I find that it is best to boil the potatoes whole because when I cut them and then boil them they tend to get a little water logged. the time of this can very but give them about 20 minutes and then check doneness, when potatoes are done remove them from water and place them on cutting board to cook.

3. Add the green beans to the boiling potato water and cook for about 4 minutes. Drain the beans and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking. Cut the potatoes into quarters.

4. Place the potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, olives, and capers in a bowl and toss with 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette. Gently add the remaining ingredients and serve with toasted crusty bread.

Even the kids like this salad, there is something for each of them in it and they have so much fun making it too.

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