Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nicoise Salad

Nicoise salad means an arranged salad - it's another feat of presentation! Use a pretty plate, and arrange your favorite ingredients. Traditional choices are beans, tomato wedges, hard boiled egg, and tuna. But, just take a look at my salad. I've used my favorites, as well as what I had left over in the refrigerator, substituting salmon for the tuna, then adding olives (just because I love them), cucumber, and lettuce. Use your imagination, and get arranging! This is an exceptionally good dish for leftovers.


1/2 cup chopped or torn lettuce leaves
1/2 cup cooked and cooled green or yellow beans
1/4 cup Greek or black olives
1 hard boiled egg
1 tomato, cut into wedges (or 10 grape tomatoes)
1/2 cucumber, peeled and cut into slices
1 6-oz piece of cooked salmon, cut into 2 pieces


Refrigerate all ingredients prior to arranging on a platter. Arrange ingredients in a circle around the edge of the plate. Fill the center with one of the ingredients. Enjoy!

Serves 2

Stealthy Cooking Tip: This is another good example of how making something look appetizing can make it more appealing. This is simply a plate of vegetables with a small portion of fish - but the arrangement (and the fancy French name) say otherwise!

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