Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 4, Day 5


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Niçoise Pasta Salad

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

          Of course, the traditional Salade Niçoise is made with lettuce.  It should also be consumed with a glass of Rosé, sitting on a terrace, gazing at the Mediterranean. One thing that is NEVER used in a true Salade Niçoise is fresh tuna...

Niçoise Pasta Salad

Total time: 25 minutes 
   Traditionally (besides being served on lettuce) this should have the small, black Niçoise olives but I use the dry-cured Greek - because I didn't want to bother pitting the small ones.  Get the best canned tuna you can find.  Salade Niçoise always uses canned, never fresh.  The pasta takes the place of the potatoes.  

Niçoise Pasta Salad Ingredients:


Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
whisk, small bowl, pot to cook pasta, colander,
small saucepan with lid, medium saucepan, medium
bowl, salad bowl

Put water on high heat for pasta
Boil eggs
Put water on high heat for beans
Top and tail beans, cut
Blanch beans
Fill bowl with cold water
Cut olives

Clean, slice pepper
Drain beans, plunge in cold water
Cook pasta
Mind the eggs
Cut tomatoes
Make vinaigrette, put into large salad bowl
Snip herbs, add to vinaigrette, stir
Add beans, tomato, pepper, olives to vinaigrette, stir
Drain tuna, add, stir
Cool, peel and quarter eggs
Drain pasta, add to salad, stir
Top with eggs, anchovies if using...

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