Monday, August 22, 2011

Delicious & Childish! Nicoise for 1.5

Parents may relate to the whole 'do I make separate meals for my kids or not' thing...
As a mom of a 2 year old, I am often rushing to get something healthy and yummy down for him and perhaps something that I can eat as well.
This easy DELICIOUS Nicoise salad was a perfect summer lunch for both of us, and an added bonus was he could get his hands dirty and help!
Check out both our plates below ...

Quick and Easy Nicoise Salad (for 2):
1 can/pouch of Tuna in Olive Oil
2 (hard boiled) eggs
6 fingerling potatoes 
small bunch of fresh green beans
12 black olives
6 cornichon pickles
1 small shallot minced
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 T whole grain mustard
2 T olive or grape seed oil
salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

in salad bowl combine minced shallot, lemon juice, mustard, oil and S&P - allow this to marinate while you are doing the rest so the flavors come together.
add eggs and potatoes to a medium pot, cover with cold water and bring to simmer.
meanwhile, prepare an ice bath (large bowl full of ice water).
when potatoes are fork tender (aprox 8 mins) remove them to ice bath with a slotted spoon giving the eggs another 5 minutes (aprox 13 total), remove eggs and add to ice bath.
add green beans to simmering water for 1 minute to blanch and then throw 'em in the ice pool with the others.
empty can/pouch tuna into small bowl and mix with 1T of the dressing, set aside.
remove eggs, potatoes and green beans from ice bath onto paper towel to dry.
slice potatoes into coins, cut green beans in half if desired, cut each egg into 1/4 s.
add green beans and potatoes to the remaining dressing and toss.
now your Nicoise is ready to assemble, I like to put the tuna in the middle and then arrange the potatoes, green beans, boiled egg, olives and pickles around... but there are no rules - you could toss the whole thing together too if you like.
Bon Appetite!

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