Salade Niçoise
ASTUCES: if you us tuna in the salade, use either canned albacore, or the quantity of fresh tuna you like. i suggest 12 ounces; 400g. Sear the whole fresh piece first on each side, season with salt and pepper and let cool. Then, thinly slice the seared tuna and arrange it atop the salad after you’ve tossed the other ingredients together. Don’t use anchovies if you’re using tuna.
Salade Niçoise
ASTUCES: if you us tuna in the salade, use either canned albacore, or the quantity of fresh tuna you like. i suggest 12 ounces; 400g. Sear the whole fresh piece first on each side, season with salt and pepper and let cool. Then, thinly slice the seared tuna and arrange it atop the salad after you’ve tossed the other ingredients together. Don’t use anchovies if you’re using tuna.
Servings Prep Time
6servings 25minutes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 25minutes
Ingredients
  • 1pound (500g) cherry tomatoestrimmed and cut in half
  • 1medium – about 12 ounces (360g) cucumberpeeled and thinly sliced
  • fine sea salt
  • 2pounds (1 kg) fava beans in their husksshucked
  • One4 ounce (120g) green italian pepper (can use cubanella)trimmed, kept whole, seeded and cut in thin rounds,
  • 4small round spring onions or 8 scallions,trimmed and cut in thin rounds
  • ½cup (3 ounces; 90g) black olives such as Niçoise,with pits
  • 3large eggshard-cooked, peeled and cut in quarters
  • 1clove garlic, cut in half
  • 12 anchovy filets or 8 ounces (250g) albacore tuna*
  • 1cup (10g) basil leavesgently packed
  • About 1/4cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Basil leaves – for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place the tomatoes and the cucumber slices in a sieve set over a large bowl. Salt them with an even shower of salt (about 1 teaspoon), shake the colander so all the vegetables are evenly salted, and reserve while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Bring a small saucepan filled with lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. When the water is at a rolling boil, add the shucked fava beans, let boil for 2 minutes, then remove the fava beans from the water, leaving the hot water in the saucepan. Carefully make a slit in the outer skin of each fava bean and squeeze or take out the tender green been inside. Discard the skins. If the outer skin doesn’t easily cut and peel off, return the fava beans to the hot water for a minute or two.
  3. Cut the anchovy fillets into large dice. If using tuna instead, crumble it into bite-sized or smaller pieces. Tear the largest basil leaves into bite-sized pieces. Reserve several sprigs of smaller leaves, for garnish. To serve the salad, rub a large salad bowl with the garlic clove. Place all the ingredients (except the tuna if using, and the eggs) in the bowl.
  4. Pour over the olive oil and toss all the ingredients together, very gently, so they are all coated with oil. Taste for seasoning. Garnish the salad with the crumbled tuna (if using) the eggs and additional basil leaves and serve immediately.