This is a great recipe for a quick and simple lunch complimented by a couple of glasses of Portuguese white wine.
I was originally told this recipe was called Salad Nicoise but I have since been informed (after a heated debate with some French friends, from Nice) that it’s not! Authentic Salad Nicoise apparently does not include green beans.
I have therefore renamed my now nameless but delicious salad
‘Piglet’s Portuguese Salad’ as the beans, tomatoes and lettuce, were all grown by, moi…
Tip – Make sure you cook the beans and potatoes well in advance as they need to cool before adding to the salad.
Ingredients (quantities according to personal preference and number of servings required)
Cold new potatoes cut to about 1.5cms square.
Cold French green beans (precooked)
Cherry tomatoes – cut in half
Lettuce – preferably baby lettuce leaves
Hard boiled eggs – roughly chopped
Tin of tuna (drained)
Black olives (optional)
– Mix all the remaining ingredients together (except the baby salad leaves) and place in the salad dish.
– Decorate with lettuce leaves as shown in the picture above.
– Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with either your own dressing or cheat (ssshhh) and use a ready made one!
This looks wonderful, but I’m totally ignorant: what dressing goes best with this type of starchalicious salad? What do YOU put on this salad?
It’s certainly a versatile recipe!
hmm looks nice, but looks as if it has too much egg in it for me! Hate egg!
As for the Nicoise bit of the salad, I have family who lived in Nice for a long while so I asked them too. Traditionally the true recipe doesn’t have green beans, but as many things, it has evolved over time so in a lot of restaurants and places now you will get green beans with it.
At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter, I think I prefer Piglet’s Portuguese Salad anyway (with less egg of course!).