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Though it's justifiably famous, this Provencal specialty is hardly untouchable. Feel free to include any kind of vegetable you like. Radishes, blanched leeks, roasted peppers (or pimientos as in this recipe), marinated artichokes and chickpeas are just a few of the additions we've enjoyed over the years. Lettuce is untraditional, too, but good; we've arranged our salade niçoise on a bed of romaine.
- For the Potatoes and Beans:
- 1/2 pound small red potatoes (about 4), or 1 large potato, quartered
- 1/4 pound green beans, halved
- For the Dressing:
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 head romaine lettuce (about 1 1/4 pounds), torn into bite-size pieces (about 3 quarts)
- 4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and quartered
- 1 2-ounce tin anchovy fillets, drained
- 2 tablespoons drained capers
- 1 6-ounce can tuna, drained
- 1/4 cup drained diced pimientos (from a 4-ounce jar)
- 1/4 cup pitted and chopped black olives, such as Nicoise or Kalamata
FOR THE POTATOES AND BEANS:
Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan of salted water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and then stir in the beans. Continue boiling until the beans and potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes longer. Drain thoroughly. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them and cut them into quarters.
FOR THE DRESSING:
Meanwhile, in a glass or stainless steel bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Add the oil slowly, whisking. In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, toss the romaine with 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette and then transfer to a platter or individual plates.
In the same bowl, toss the potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and pile them on top of the romaine. Repeat with the green beans and the eggs, tossing each with 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and then arranging it on the romaine. Arrange the anchovies, capers, tuna, pimientos and olives in piles on the lettuce. Pass any remaining vinaigrette at the table.
Tip: WINE RECOMMENDATION:<br>
For an elegant evening on the patio, why not pull out all the stops and enjoy a festive ros&eacute; champagne with this classic salad. Champagne's deceptively high acidity will contrast with the richness of the tuna while standing up to the dressing's vinegary tang.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
450 calories; 34g total fat; 70mg cholesterol; 1213mg sodium; 16g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 21g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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