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Salad Nicoise - bounty from the Fort Mason Center Farmer's Market, SF

Last Sunday's visit to the Farmer's Market at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco was a feast for the eyes and well as the stomach. As I was strolling past the various booths, a dinner plan came to mind. Beautiful green beans, vine-ripened tomatoes, salad greens, new potatoes, kalamata olives, a baguette were all I needed to add to the staples in my cupboard to create one of my favorite quick and healthy suppers for a busy night: Salad Niçoise.

I've been making this salad for years, taking liberties with the ingredients according to what I find in my cupboards and refrigerator, so it never comes out exactly the same. Here's a classic version which is enjoyed by young and old alike:

Salad Niçoise
Salad Nicoise2 cups potatoes, steamed
3/4 pound fresh green beans, cooked
5-ounce can white meat tuna fish, drained and rinsed
1.5 ounces each olive oil and wine vinegar
1/2 teaspon salt
1/2 teaspooon white pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 small tomatoes, quartered
12-16 pitted olives (I use kalamata olives)
Capers to taste

In large bowl, mix cooked potatoes (with or without skins) and green beans; add drained tuna and mix in.

Make dressing separately: mix together oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and mustard. Pour dressing over potato/bean/tuna mixture and toss lightly.

Line individual salad plates with fresh greens of your choice (I like to use baby spring mixes). Mound mixture on plate and decorate with tomato wedges. Top with olives and capers. Makes 2 generous servings. (over left-over for lunch)

Serve with fresh baguette (or you favorite bread) and a glass of chilled wine.

fresh pumpkin pie

Hint: a piece of fresh pumpkin pie, also from the Farmer's Market finishes off this healthy, satisfying meal quite nicely!

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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


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Comment balloon 6 commentsLottie Kendall • November 07 2012 10:18AM


Sounds mmmmm good Lottie, especially with the wonderful produce you can find at the Farmers Market, fresh ingredients a simple dressing and possibly a glass of chardonnay ;-)

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Lottie - While dinner sounds delicious, I'm drooling at the view you'll enjoy with your dinner - just beautiful!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 8 years ago

Lottie, I don’t know what looks more inviting … the salad or the view!  Pumpkin pie is my favorite.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 8 years ago
Nancy, we've had very warm weather here earlier this week, and a fresh salad really tasted good. (bread, wine and pie didn't hurt either!)
Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago
Laura, relaxing with a favorite salad and a view is a great way to relax after a long day! We're fortunate to have year-round Farmers' Markets with an array of fresh produce and yummy foods.
Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago
Katherine, I imagine your son (and you?) have gone to the Fort Mason farmer's market; it's one of our year-round ones.
Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago