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Salad Nicoise Bites

March 2009
Salad Nicoise Bites

by 3 people

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Makes: 16 servings

Prep: 35 mins

Cook: 25 mins

  • 8 small new red potatoes
  • 1/8 pound string beans, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 6 ounce can  chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 10 pitted nicoise or kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers in brine, drained
  • 2 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
  1. In a medium pot, add the potatoes and enough cold water to cover by an inch. Bring to a boil and cook until just tender, 13 minutes. About 5 minutes before the potatoes are done, add the string beans and finish cooking with the potatoes. Drain in a colander, then rinse with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make a vinaigrette; stir in the tarragon and parsley.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the tuna with the vinaigrette. Coarsely chop the green beans, olives and half of the capers, then stir into the tuna. Coarsely chop the eggs and fold them into the tuna mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cut the ends off the potatoes and discard. Cut each potato into 4 rounds and arrange on a platter. Season each potato round with salt and pepper, then top with the tuna mixture and the remaining capers.