Salmon Salad Nicoise

It was a busy one last week, the boss is away and I don’t think I’ve ever actually appreciated how much she does! Seriously – I have spent the whole week with my head in my laptop and although I didn’t leave work until 8pm on Friday I did feel that for once I got everything I wanted to do, done.

So I didn’t do anything hugely taxing on the culinary side of things last week, but I did manage to whip up this tasty ‘little’ salad.

Serves 2
1/2 Lettuce (I use the loose green ones)
6 Plum tomatoes, as good a quality as you can afford
6 New potatoes
2 Fillets of Salmon
8 green beans
3 or 4 hard-boiled eggs

  • Fill the kettle and bring it to the boil
  • Quarter the potatoes, pop them into a pan, cover with boiling water and boil until they are cooked (a knife should easily go into the centre of them)
  • Lay the two salmon fillets in the bottom of a sieve (pic not from this recipe but just to show you what I’m talking about)

  • Rip apart the lettuce wash, dab dry and place into the salad bowl
  • Slice the tomatoes in half and drop them into the salad bowl
  • After about 5 minutes of the potatoes boiling, add the eggs to the boiling water and keep it boiling for another 10 minutes at least or until the potatoes are cooked
  • In a small pan quickly blanch the green beans (this is just boiling them for a minute or so then plunge them into very cold water – they will be cooked but will still have their lovely vibrant green colour)
  • Pop the beans in the salad bowl as well.
  • Drain the potatoes and eggs, but try to keep about an inch of water in the base of the pan
  • Place the sieve over the boiling water and put a lid on top and let it steam for about 3 minutes then break it up with your hands and place over the salad
  • Peel and quarter the eggs, and add them with the potatoes to the bowl
  • Serve! If you want a dressing you can either make your own vinaigrette using olive oil, balsamic vinegar etc or you can do what I did which was to buy a bottle of French Dressing

The method for this recipe seems rather long I’ll admit but I have gone into full step by step detail so please don’t be daunted by the length.

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