Salade Niçoise

A classic from the esteemed Julia Child, this colorful salad can be customized to your liking.

Ingredients:
¾ pound green beans, trimmed
1 pound fingerling potatoes
½ shallot, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes
4 cups salad greens
2 (6-7 ounce) cans tuna in olive oil
½ cup Niçoise olives
3 hard-boiled eggs
3 tablespoons chopped herbs, such as parsley, chives and Mentuccia Romana
2-3 teaspoons capers, drained and rinsed
F&L Niçoise vinaigrette

Method:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Lift out with tongs and rinse with very cold water.

2. Return the water to a boil. Add the potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a small knife. Drain and transfer to a bowl.

3. As soon as the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel if desired and slice thickly. Add ½ cup of the vinaigrette and the shallot. With a rubber spatula, gently toss the warm potatoes with the Niçoise vinaigrette; set aside to cool. In another bowl, toss the beans with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette to coat them. In a third bowl, toss the tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette to coat them.

4. On a large platter, arrange the lettuce. Add the potatoes, beans, and tomatoes. Top with tuna and olives. Spoon some of the remaining dressing over the salad and sprinkle with the herbs. Peel the eggs, pat them dry, and halve them. Garnish with peeled, hard-boiled eggs.

Farro Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette, this crisp salad is accented by green olives and sweet onions.

Ingredients:
1½ cups cooked farro
2 heirloom tomatoes, seeded and chopped
½ Walla Walla sweet onion, diced
¼ cup green olives, pitted and chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
Fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a large bowl add the farro, tomatoes, onion, olives and parsley, then toss to combine.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Add the vinaigrette to the salad and toss to coat.

3. This salad can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Piracicaba Sprouting Broccoli Salad

This room temperature salad from The Barefoot Contessa has just the right amount of crunch!

Ingredients:
1 large bunch Piracicaba sprouting broccoli
¼ cup high-quality olive oil
1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lemon
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Remove and discard the bottom third of the broccoli stems. If some stems are very thick, cut them in half lengthwise.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic, 1½ teaspoons salt, and the pepper. When the water comes to a full boil, add the broccoli, return to a boil, and cook over high heat for 2 minutes, until the stalks are just tender. Drain well and place in a large bowl. Pour enough dressing over the broccoli to moisten and toss well. Splash with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice, sprinkle with salt, and serve warm or hot.

Romanesco Salad

Bright Romanesco florets are tossed with an equally vibrant red wine vinaigrette, plus red onions, celery and capers in this fabulous salad from food blog Simple Recipes.

Ingredients:
2 heads Romanesco
2 stalks celery
½ large red onion
1 cup loosely-packed fresh parsley
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Dressing:
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ anchovy, minced (optional)
¼ cup high-quality olive oil

Method:
1. Cut Romanesco heads into quarters, stalk to tip. Cut out the tough core and any outside green leaves. Cut again lengthwise. Place into a steamer basket in a pot with about an inch of water. Sprinkle the Romanesco florets with a little salt. Bring water to a boil. Cover and steam until just tender, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove Romanesco florets from steamer, place into a bowl, and chill.

2. Thinly slice the celery and red onion. Place the red onion slices in a bowl and cover with water. Set aside.

3. Smash the whole clove of garlic (not cut, just smash with the flat side of a chef’s knife) and place in the bottom of a small bowl. Add the vinegar and salt, stir to dissolve the salt. Add the minced anchovy if using. Whisk in the olive oil.

4. Break up the wedges of Romanesco into smaller chunks of florets. Place into a large serving bowl. Add celery, onions (drained of the water), parsley, capers, and lemon zest. Remove the garlic clove from the dressing and add dressing to the salad. Toss to coat with the dressing. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes, preferably an hour. (It’s even better left overnight.) Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to serve.

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