Of course, you want your salad to be filling, especially if it’s a main course. That you are feeding to your husband. Who is starving, because he never bothers to eat breakfast or lunch. (The kids ... they won’t even look at salad. Well, one of them won’t. The other one might consider it if he can eat it, off your plate, while sitting in your lap. But anyway...)
I like composed salads, which involve arranging rather than tossing the ingredients together. One such salad that I am particularly fond of is Salade Niçoise, which sounds really affected but is not.
Salade Niçoise is typically comprised of cooked green beans, black olives, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions, hard-boiled eggs, diced cooked potatoes, and tuna arranged atop a bed of lettuce. Yes, you can use tuna from a can. But you also can use grilled tuna steak. Or you could substitute salmon or even chicken.
The dressing is usually a Dijon mustard-based vinaigrette, but you can use whichever dressing you like. I personally like to make a quick dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and a smashed garlic clove for this application.
The nice thing about this salad (well, there are several nice things), is that you get a balanced meal out of it. You get protein, vegetables, and starch. My husband even likes it! It’s very easy to make, and you can make it easier by hard-boiling the eggs and cooking the potatoes and green beans ahead of time.
And sometimes, when I am really tired, I just toss everything together. Then it’s not so composed, alright? But it’s still tastes good, and it is healthy and filling. Not too shabby.
What’s your favorite salad to make? Also, did you see our awesome 5-page story in the July issue about making salads? Yummmmmm—so many great ideas! Check it out!