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It's been so warm and sunny that I feel springy. Inspired by the great lettuces, potatoes and asparagus in season now I decided to move this traditionally French summer salad up a few months by replacing the fresh tomatoes with my homemade dried, oil-packed tomatoes (or you could use radishes) and the green beans with asparagus. I also vegetarianized it by exchanging Mediterranean white beans for the tuna. FYI, ounce for ounce white beans have LESS calories, fat, sodium and cholesterol, and MORE fiber, calcium and iron than tuna - a healthy alternative indeed!
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Spring Nicoise Salad

February 26, 2012

30 min or less active, appetizer, gluten-free, main, spring

It's been so warm and sunny that I feel springy. Inspired by the great lettuces, potatoes and asparagus in season now I decided to move this traditionally French summer salad up a few months by replacing the fresh tomatoes with my homemade dried, oil-packed tomatoes (or you could use radishes) and the green beans with asparagus. I also vegetarianized it by exchanging Mediterranean white beans for the tuna. FYI, ounce for ounce white beans have LESS calories, fat, sodium and cholesterol, and MORE fiber, calcium and iron than tuna - a healthy alternative indeed!
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Information

Servings: 4
Time: About 30 minutes active; Several hours for things to come to room temperature (or overnight is easiest)
Price: About $20.50 total; $5.15 per serving
Nutrition (per serving):
Calories: 414.1
Protein: 14.6g
Fat: 15.8g
Saturated fat: 2.6g
Carbohydrates: 58.7g
Fiber: 5.2g
Sodium: 377.6mg
Cholesterol: 106mg
High In:
Good Source:
Low In:

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb small potatoes
  • 1 pickled onion, recipe follows
  • 1/2 lb asparagus
  • 1 head radicchio, washed well and chopped
  • 3/4 cup dried tomatoes, packed in oil, drained and chopped (save the oil!)
  • 4 oz nicoise olives
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 small dried pepper
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO (use the oil from the dried tomatoes)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh herbs, like rosemary, oregano, thyme, parsley, tarragon, chives

Preparation

  1. Hard boil eggs by placing them in a small pot covered with cold water. Bring to boil, turn off heat, cover and let sit 20 minutes. Drain and refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Crack off shell and chop.
  2. Par-boil potatoes by placing them in a small pot covered with cold water. Bring to boil, cook 5 minutes, drain and refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Slice thinly.
  3. Pickle an onion by bringing vinegar, sugar, herbs and spices to a boil. Add onion slices and cook 2-3 minutes until onions begin to soften slightly. Remove from heat and refrigerate a few hours or overnight.
  4. Steam, boil or sauté asparagus for a few minutes, making sure to retain crunch.
  5. To make dressing, whisk lemon juice, mustard and EVOO. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk together.
  6. In a large bowl, toss dressing with radicchio, potatoes and asparagus. Divide among four plates. Arrange eggs, onions, tomatoes, olives and white beans around the lettuce mixture. Enjoy!

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