The other day, I was going through an extreme food slump phase. I was very hungry, but not really craving anything in particular. On those days, I usually opt for refreshing things such as fruits or vegetables. Anyways, I remembered a particularly tasty salad K and I had at a restaurant in NY which consisted of all things good: tuna, greens, eggs, potato, green beans, olives, capers, etc! All of my favorite things that taste good. It is very difficult to find such salads in Korea so I decided to look up a recipe for this Nicoise Salad. I hit the jackpot with none other than Julia Child’s recipe! For the most part, I stuck to the original recipe. Read on for more!
What You Need:
1. For the Salad (serves 1 for meal, 2 as side dish)
- greens (I used mixed greens, because I could not find any Boston lettuce in Korea)
- 4 fingerling potato (cooked)
- 5 cherry tomato (halved)
- 10 green beans (cooked and cut)
- 2 hard boiled eggs (cut in quarters)
- 5-6 kalamata pitted olives
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1 small canned tuna
- handful of croutons
*original calls for anchovies as well, but I found this to be too salty (salt taste is present in tuna, capers, olives). You can also put in chopped shallots, but I omitted this due to the presence of shallots in the dressing.
For the dressing: also from Julia Child, found here
- 1/2 tbsp chopped shallots
- 1/2 tbs dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tbs lemon juice
- 1/2 tbs white wine vinegar (the closest I could find was a lemon vinegar–works!;) )
- 1/3-1/2 cup dressing olive oil
- freshly ground pepper
To make the dressing, like the recipe suggests, I just grabbed a screw type container and put all the ingredients in like so:
then release your stress and shake shake shake shake that closed container!
The beauty of this salad is that everything can be made beforehand and stored in the fridge. All you need to do is assemble the salad and drizzle on the dressing. For me, I boiled 6 eggs, 10 potato, a bunch of green beans, etc and just stored them in the fridge. When going to work, I got a large container and put all the ‘dry’ ingredients (salad, potato, beans, tomato) in and had a separate small box for the capers and olives. I packed that with a small bag of my sauce, a can of tuna and a small bag of croutons. At work, I put all of the ingredients in that container and shake it to make the salad. It sounds like a lot, but if you just take the time to pack the ingredients, you are set for a healthy balanced lunch for the rest of the week!