Today, rescuing my husband from a hunger headache on a roof, by taking him a sack lunch, I encountered some fresh asparagus and arugula. Thank you, Bill. Bill was just then cutting some asparagus for me, from his fine garden, and handed me the knife to cut the arugula, a “peppery” green.
I had no tuna and no anchovies, and I did steam the asparagus with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice, so this is in no way a purist’s Salade Niçoise, which would require the fish and the uncooked veggies, but it was delicious. And I used the asparagus spears in place of the traditional green beans. (I love green beans, but I didn’t have any!)
And I had no fresh parsley, but I had fresh cilantro, so I used that. There was chervil in the cupboard, but dried and in a jar, so I stayed with the fresh greens and garnish. I used both ripe and green olives, fresh tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and red grapes.
Without the fish this was also vaguely vegetarian, but chickens do have a face, so not quite vegan or fully “heart healthy.” Still, healthy and delicious!
More Salade Niçoise at:
Maggie’s Meals (which has potatoes, so non-traditional)