Deconstructed Salad Nicoise (serves 4)
Salad Nicoise is a manly salad as it has enough bulk to it that men won’t go hungry and there is no lettuce in my recipe. All the ingredients are fresh with the exception of the tuna. I use the brand ‘Ortiz’ which is yellowfin tuna from Spain and it comes in large pieces which are conserved in extra virgin olive oil. You can find it at Sur La Table or something similar at good deli’s. For the hard-boiled eggs I use quail’s eggs – only because it makes the salad more unusual. I serve my lemon dressing on the side (search for it in the search bar on my blog).
1 x 7 oz. jar of tuna – drained
8 oz. French green beans – topped and tailed
10 quail’s eggs – hardboiled and cut in half
14 grape tomatoes – cut in half
12 baby new potatoes – cut in half
Handful of pitted black olives
Anchovies – enough to arrange across the platter
Place the tuna in the middle of a platter in a line then line up the other ingredients on both sides of the tuna. Arrange anchovies in a line across all the ingredients cross wise.