Tip: Prepare the tapenade a day or two in advance to allow the flavors to fully develop. This will also cut the prep time for this recipe to just a minute or two.
As the name implies, the Niçoise Salad originated along the Mediterranean in Nice, France. At first glance, this composed salad appears a bit fussy and time consuming to prepare. In reality, it can be pulled together very quickly with just a little planning.
The ingredients, as shown, are fairly traditional, but don’t miss this opportunity to use up recent leftovers you have on hand, as well. Canned tuna packed in oil and Niçoise olives are traditional choices for this classic salad. However, this version swaps out the canned variety for a lightly seared sushi-grade Ahi tuna instead. If you can’t find Niçoise olives in your area, feel free to use another black olive variety.
Timing Tip: Plan on approximately 15 minutes to heat the water and boil the potatoes. During that time, the green beans can be roasted to crisp-tender in about 10-12 minutes in a pre-heated oven as described below.
This flavorful and healthy Mediterranean-inspired dish is ready in less than twenty minutes. It features Italian gremolata – a simple green condiment made from a combination of fresh parsley, garlic, and lemon zest. This version also incorporates a nod to Moroccan cuisine with the addition of preserved lemon rind for a bit of extra flavor and visual interest.
Tip: For best results, do not close grill lid while grilling tuna steaks.