French Week: Salad Nicoise
Portland, Oregon: Since I am home much of
the day working on cleaning/organizing projects, it is easy to take a few
moments to poach something, thaw something or take a few minutes during the day
to prep something for dinner.
Salad Nicoise is a great main-course salad and only the potatoes and green
beans need to be cooked ahead and chilled. Okay, most people put hard boiled
eggs on their Salad Nicoise platter, but y'all know how I feel about eggs.
Not going to happen.
Tonight I prepared the salad with potatoes, green beans,
tomatoes, Nicoise olives, radish, avocado, red onion, fresh tarragon leaves
and the rest of the peppers I roasted for the dinner with My Dad on
Saturday. The dressing was a basic mustardy vinaigrette.
It was really good and cool and refreshing. I made enough for
four people though, so we will have a nice lunch tomorrow.
It wasn't only due to a French-themed week of dining that
inspired Salad Nicoise this evening. When we were on the coast with Leo earlier
this month, we stopped at the
Jacobsen Salt Company salt works
to see how they harvest their fantastic salt. While there, we bought a few
cans of their
Albacore Tuna from their little shop.
Not only is the tuna hook-and-line caught off the Oregon
coast, the fish are young/small and have no/very little mercury. Plus, the
tuna is lightly salted with Oregon sea salt and packed in Oregon Olive Oil.
The only down-side is the $10 price tag... but I know this is the "true
sustainably caught/canned fish. Jacobsen's tuna was very good. We
usually buy sustainable Oregon tuna (at $7 per 7.5 ounce can) from
Fisherman's Direct, and will probably continue to use Fisherman's
Direct... even though I bet we only use one can of tuna a month.
Tomorrow - Steak Frites!
Until my next update, I remain, your fishy correspondent.
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