I’m going to post this in my food log again later on, but I had to share this super delicious salad I made for lunch today.
I grew up eating French food because my family is French, and it’s my go-to cuisine for just about everything. We’re from the south of France, so I’m very familiar with the cuisine of Provence and Nice. One of my favorite meals ever is the Salade Nicoise, a salad from the Italo-French city of Nice, and I’ve adapted a slightly healthier, less fatty version here. This makes a big Salade Nicoise for one. The only foods I measure are the ones that cost points, so most of the vegetables I just eyeball.
1 clove of garlic, minced
Cold steamed green beans
4 oz cold boiled red potatoes
1 hard-boiled egg
4 oz tuna, packed in water (not oil)
6-7 nicoise olives
I make the salad dressing from 2 tsps olive oil and 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, some salt and pepper to taste. It’s just enough to cover everything, not enough to drip. (I passionately, passionately hate bottled salad dressing, so all of my salads are dressed from scratch. And they’re delicious and way, way, way lower in sugar, salt, and fat.)
This thing is huge, by the way. I’m not sure if you can tell how big the bowl is, but it’s a pretty big bowl. A nice, filling salad that will keep me going all afternoon.
I looked up a “traditional” Nicoise salad today, expecting to be smug and knowledgeable in my French cooking, but apparently a true Nicoise does not include potatoes or green beans, and does include anchovies and fava beans. !!! I’ve been to Nice many, many times, and I’ve eaten a Nicoise salad there many, many times, and all I can say is there is probably no definitive salad since half the restaurants I’ve been to there certainly included potatoes and green beans. Whatever. It’s good, no matter what.