Nicoise salad

Nicoise salad

By
From
Nathan Outlaw's Home Kitchen
Serves
4
Photographer
David Loftus

This is one of the first salads I made when I became a chef and it’s still one of my favourites, not least because it has so many flavours and textures. It’s perfect for a summer’s day barbecue. Do buy the best-quality ingredients you can afford; it will make all the difference – especially the tuna.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
160g tin good-quality, sustainably fished tuna
1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced
10 new potatoes, scrubbed
4 large free-range eggs, at room temperature
150g french beans, topped but not tailed
12 baby plum tomatoes, halved lengthways
4 baby gem lettuce, quartered
8 good-quality anchovy fillets in oil, cut into long slices
20 black olives, pitted
10 basil leaves, finely sliced

For the dressing

Quantity Ingredient
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
200ml extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Drain the tuna, tip it into a bowl and break up with a fork. Pour the dressing over the tuna and scatter over the red onion. Leave to stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender. Add the eggs to another pan of boiling water and cook for 6 minutes. Add the green beans to a small pan of boiling salted water and blanch for 2–3 minutes then refresh in ice-cold water.
  4. Remove the eggs from the pan and refresh in ice-cold water. Leave until cold, then peel and halve. When the potatoes are cooked, drain and allow them to cool slightly, then cut into even slices.
  5. Arrange the potatoes, French beans, tomatoes, lettuce, eggs and anchovies on a large platter or in individual bowls and scatter over the tuna and red onion. Trickle the dressing over the salad and finish with the black olives and basil.
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