The Art of French Cooking- Week 8- Salade Nicoise

Thank you for the SWEET 16 birthday wishes for my daughter yesterday!
She was touched to read the notes from each of you!
What wonderfully SWEET girls you all are!
I am happy to know you!

This week, we made an EASY, PEASY salad 
and included 3 things from our organic garden!

Salade Ni├žoise

[Mediterranean Combination Salad]

  • 3 cups cold, blanched Green Beans
  • 3 or 4 quartered Tomatoes (these came from our garden)

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar
1/2 small shallot or green onion, peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3T to 4T olive oil

fresh herbs, if desired

  • 1 head Boston Lettuce (I used 1/2 of a 10 oz. package of organic baby greens)
  • 3 cups cooked, cooled, red Potatoes, cut into 2" chunks
  • Lg. can white Tuna, drained, flaked
  • 1/2 c. pitted black Olives
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, cold, peeled, quartered
  • (6-12 canned anchovy filets-we did not use these-Miss A likes them, but the rest of us don't)
  • 2-3 TSBP. minced, fresh herbs (we used scallions and thyme from the garden)

Blanching Green Beans:
Drop beans into boiling water for one minute.
Rinse with cool water.
Refrigerate until ready to assemble the salad.

I LOVE black olives! Do you?

Thyme, green onions.

The salade is beautiful!

Drizzle with Vinaigrette Dressing.

We added a loaf of bread w/BUTTER (yum)
and blueberries in (whipped) cream w/mint (from the garden) garnish,
and called it dinner!


This is one wonderful salade!
This is not the first time we have had it,
nor will it be the last.

It is wonderful with the vinaigrette dressing!

Light, crunchy, tangy.

What wonderful summer fare.

Did I mention it was wonderful?


We give this:

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out of

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Till next time,
Bon Appetit, y'all!


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  1. Looks pretty yummy, Leslie. Thanks for sharing. Great photos, too. Susan

  2. This looks great! I cold eat that all the time. You've got me wanting a big salad now. I also like cooking up some green bean and cherry tomatoes with some garlic and olive oil. Simple is best sometimes! Especially when it's so darn hot out.

  3. Yummm!! That looks super good! I'm making a caprese tonight, cause some lovely person brought fresh basil to my organic veggie co-op and shared. I missed you Leslie, but I think I'm back...

  4. Yes, please! Can I order this at your cafe? Because I'm thinking it would be worth the drive. If my stomach didn't hurt today, I'd be tempted to make it now :)

  5. That looks SO GOOD!!! I love black olives, too!

  6. I love salad nicoise! Minus the black olives! Sorry! I have never made it, but your post makes me want to! I enjoyed one of these yummy salads a few years ago when hubby & I were in Paris, and took a day trip to Versailles :)

  7. We're such huge salad fans around here yet I have never had this. It looks delicious, and I want to try it. Then I could be all "Julie and Julia" with my French cooking!


  8. Guess what we are having for dinner tonight at The Fairfield House? This looks too delicious not to try!

    Your Friend,

  9. You make it look yummy and easy. However, I'm not much into cooking these days. Often I just have a bowl of cold cereal and move on. Guess I really should have more fresh fruits & vegs.

  10. WEEWEE darling I will be right over, OMGoodness that looks great!

  11. That looks delicious! I need to get myself the book.


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