a little late, but this time last year i spent bastille day in la belle montreal (pictured above). i spent the day sunbathing with cold beers from the deppaneur & new friends. we munched on raw milk goat’s cheese & baguette, les haricots verts in a salad with shallots & garlic, and terrine purchased from the neighborhood fine foods shop with plastic cutlery.
this year, toronto’s heatwave offered up the perfect day to park with a chilled bottle of rose & a picnic propere. in celebration of la fete du juillet 14 (and a perfectly timed day off work), i made a perfect little salad nicoise with leftover green beans, purple string beans, snap peas & little gem lettuces from my farmer’s market on thursday. the french may make their salade nicoise a little different than i, but i’m sure you’ll find it delicious regardless.
la salade nicoise
1lb string beans, garden peas or otherwise, blanched in salted water, cooled in ice water + drained
2lb tiny new potatoes or fingerlings, blanched + cooled as above
4 farm fresh hen eggs, hard boiled, peeled + quartered
1 cup nicoise olives
1ea red + yellow peppers, chopped
tarragon, chervil and/or other herbs
15 anchovy fillets (oil-packed), chopped
1 small white onion, sliced very thinly
1 handful arugula, little gem lettuces or boston bibb
red + yellow tomatoes, quartered
1 recipe mustard vinaigrette + 1 extra heaping spoonful of dijon
tuna, if desired
blanch + cool fingerlings, string beans, peas. toss with olives, peppers, onion, anchovy. toss with vinaigrette + lettuce at a moment’s notice. add a heaping spoonful of mustard, a glug of olive oil + a heavy handed seasoning of salt + pepper. arrange tomatoes, quartered hardboiled hen’s eggs and herbs artfully. if picnic-ing with this salad, be sure to dress the salad when you get to the picnic site as soon as the rose’s been popped, not at home (it will get soggy). mangez.
bon appetit, xo.