Total time: 25 minutes
This is a classic, French summer salad, served at sidewalk cafes all over the country for lunch and light suppers. Pour a glass of Rosé, settle into your chair, and enjoy... Maybe while watching the sun set.
- 6oz (180gr) green beans
- 2 medium potatoes, about 10oz (300gr)
- 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) cherry tomatoes
- 9oz (270gr) good canned tuna
- 2 eggs, hard boiled
- Lettuce for 2 main meal salads
- Tarragon Vinaigrette:
- 4 tbs salad olive oil
- 3 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 1 tbs snipped fresh tarragon substitute 1 1/2 tsp dried
- 1 tbs snipped fresh chives
- Hard boil eggs.
- Cut potatoes for salad and put in steamer basket in large pan with an inch of water in the bottom.
- Cover the pan and put on medium-high heat. We're giving the potatoes a bit of a head start.
- Top and tail beans and cut in half.
- Put on top of potatoes.
- Turn heat to medium and steam 10 - 15 minutes or until just barely done. Use the old, reliable 'taste test'. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
- When eggs are done, peel and quarter. Drain tuna. Cut/slice tomatoes.
- Whisk vinegar and mustard.
- Slowly whisk in oil and whisk until it emulsifies.
- Snip tarragon and chives and add to vinaigrette, whisking to combine.
- To finish:
- Tear lettuce if needed, put it into a large, flattish salad bowl and toss with half of the vinaigrette.
- Arrange the beans, potatoes, tomatoes, tuna and egg on lettuce, either in rows or in pie-shape sections.
- Drizzle with a little vinaigrette.
- Serve with remaining vinaigrette on the side.
Note: I think canned tuna is no longer considered suitable food for the gourmet in the U.S. That's not true in most of Europe. Canned tuna is still very popular and the types, brands and range of prices is amazing. A proper 'Salade Niçoise' would never be served with anything but canned tuna - a premium canned tuna, yes, but never fresh tuna (and in my opinion, fresh tuna is much to dry for a good 'salade').