Salad Nicoise

Today I’ve taken a culinary journey to France, Nice to be precise. 

Bowl of Salad Nicoise
For their specialty Salade Nicoise.

I am imagining a warm summers evening in France, sat out on a balcony overlooking spectacular scenery with a tall glass of wine and an authentic Salad Nicoise. 
In reality I am sat curled up on the sofa watching the rain through the window in Nottingham. At least I have my bowl full of delicious ingredients that come together as (what I think) a darn good attempt at a salad Nicoise. 
Bowl of Salad Nicoise DressingFor the dressing….
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
2 tsp Parsley, chopped
2 tsp Chives, snipped
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
Salt and pepper to season.
Put the above ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.  
Close up of the saladFor the Salad
1 tin of Tuna, drained
3-4 New Potatoes, cooked and halved
3-4 Tomatoes, sliced
1 Egg, hard boiled
Handful of Green Beans, cooked and drained
As many green leaves and black olives as you desire.

Toss all the ingredients into a bowl and drizzle over the dressing.

 Et Voila…..

Bowl of salad nicoise
Avez vous faim?
Are you hungry? Let’s begin
Fork full of salad coming up to camera
C’est delicieux!
 I am a big fan of olives, so I had to go back for more half way through. These are black olives with no artificial colour (hence why they do not look black) Confused yet?! 
Close up of olives
Finished! I had to practically stop myself from licking the plate clean.
Empty plate and fork
Maybe next year I can make my daydream a reality and journey to Nice to live the real Nicoise experience. I may have to brush up on my French beforehand as you can see from my poor attempts at French throughout this post. Feel free to teach me some phrases….  


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