Tag: tuna

Mint and tuna salad

What’s a summer cook to do? With temperatures reaching more than thirty-eight degrees, I hardly want to switch anything on, especially the oven. We have been alternating between the pool, the Atlantic beaches (Médoc is a peninsula with eighty kilometers of beautiful beaches), trips to Cap-Ferret and some brave city slicking in Bordeaux where the heat has been literaly sizzling. Frankly, my favourite time has been spent on our ‘secret’ beach next to our home – the ocean breeze combined with the scent of pine trees and blackberry bushes make my summer.

At home, salads are served as a meal (little joke destined to Brasserie Lipp in Paris where there is a caption on their menu saying ‘no salad served as a meal’!). I can’t imagine eating anything else – it’s got to be light, fresh and tasty in these hot summer days.

Today, I jumped out of the pool before everybody and quickly made this delightful tuna, egg, haricots verts (green beans) and mint salad, dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette. It’s such a fulfilling and cooling dish thanks to the panaché of minty flavours. A summer must.

Ingredients (serve 4):

5 eggs (hard-boiled)
3 handfuls of haricots verts/ French green beans
A large handful of chopped mint
2 cans good-quality tuna fish
3-4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil
A dash of celery salt
A dash of pepper

Place eggs in a pot and pour enough water over the eggs to cover. Cover with a lid and boil for 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of cold water and let the eggs cool completely. Peel eggs and chop finely and set aside. Cut the tips off the green beans on both ends, rinse well and cook for 8-10 minutes in salted boiling water. Drain and set aside to cool. Chop to 1 cm. Set aside. Prepare vinaigrette – mix olive oil, celery salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar . You can add more or less balsamic vinegar to your liking. Set aside.
Assemble salad with tuna fish in the center, a layer of chopped eggs, then a layer of green beans. Sprinkle with chopped mint just before serving and drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

Salade Niçoise

Yesterday the weather was beautiful, the sun was shining, so I wanted to have lunch ‘al fresco’. I decided to make a Niçoise salad, a perfect classic dish with all my favourite ingredients. And so healthy. I don’t put anchovies because my kids always pull a face when they see them – I try my best to make them eat and taste new and different things, but anchovies are hard to swallow. I learnt a little trick from chef Yves Camdeborde (he is the chef at Le comptoir du relais, 9 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris it’s my favourite place in Paris to eat a salad Niçoise) – sprinkling little fried onions on the salad. You can buy them at the supermarket. It’s delicious! There are many versions of this salad, and here’s mine.

Ingredients (for 4)

2 cans of good-quality white tuna
A handful of french green beans (boiled)
3 potatoes (boiled and cut in slices)
15 cherry tomatoes (halved)
2 heads sucrine lettuce
3 boiled eggs
100 grs black olives
8 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
1 crushed garlic
Small handful of fried onions
Salt & pepper

Boil the eggs, set aside to cool. Boil the sliced potatoes and French green beans until cooked. Set aside to cool.

Wash and prepare the lettuce, slice the tomatoes, set aside. In a dressing bowl, prepare a basic vinaigrette with the olive oil, vinegar, crushed garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well. Set aside.

In a large salad plate or bowl, garnish the base with the lettuce salad. Add the tomatoes, potatoes, French beans, quartered eggs and olives in a circular display. Add the coarsely chopped tuna all over the salad, and drizzle with the dressing. Finally, sprinkle with the fried onions.