Salade Nicoise: a French Summer Lunch

I’ve never been very excited by the concept of Nicoise salad; cold eggs and tuna don’t rate very high on my list of happy mealtime combinations. 

But when it’s prepared carefully – with free range eggs, veggies from the garden and farmers market, sustainably farmed tuna and by my favourite Brazilian-Swiss-French host mum, then it gets a big old thumbs up.

And here’s how she makes it in a very simplified illustrated form because it really isn’t a complicated dish. The quantities of each ingredient and the presentation is up to you. We ate it as a big mixed salad with rice on the side while escaping the bloody hot sun after a morning building a potting shed. But I have seen some beautifully presented platter style Nicoise salads, the side of rice is very un-French (but soaks up the dressing, is tasty and gives you afternoon energy) and the potting shed is of course optional. So it’s really a matter of letting you inner francophile free to create the plate (a green bean Eiffel Tower? Yes!).

And as we all appreciate a good French pronunciation by unqualified Australians, this salad now has a new name “so this is a Nice-As salad?” Yep I think we’ve nailed it, Nicoise is nice as.

Bon appetit legends!

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One thought on “Salade Nicoise: a French Summer Lunch

  1. Absolutely LOVE your fabulous posts darling Gen! Glad you’re enjoying your adventures. I bet the potting shed is wonderful too! Tons of love Aunty M xxxx

    On Sep 6, 2016 5:38 AM, “north feast south west” wrote:

    > genwilly posted: “I’ve never been very excited by the concept of Nicoise > salad; cold eggs and tuna don’t rate very high on my list of happy mealtime > combinations. But when it’s prepared carefully – with free range eggs, > veggies from the garden and farmers market, su” >

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