A delicious spin on the classic French Niçoise salad. Served slightly warm it's made with flaky hot smoked salmon.
For the dressing:
Freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
4tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
1tablespoongrainy Dijon mustard
1large cloves garlic,minced
1small shallot,finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper,to taste
For the salad:
300-400ggreen asparagus(see tips below)
400gnew potatoes,scrubbed clean
100gsmoked salmon,coarsely chopped
1small red onion,thinly sliced
50gKalamata or Niçoise olives,pitted and halved
1tablespooncapers (in brine),drained
2tablespoonschopped fresh dill
4handfuls chopped salad greens of choice(I like romaine hearts or arugula or a mix)
In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
Place potatoes in a large pot and of cold water. Bring to a boil, season with salt, and cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes (depending on size). Transfer potatoes to a cutting board with a slotted spoon. Cut the potatoes in half and add the hot potatoes to the bowl with the dressing until well-coated.
Meanwhile, heat a small non-stick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the smoked salmon and sauté, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until cooked and flaky (1-2 minutes).
Return the pot of water to a boil and blanch the green beans and asparagus until crisp-tender and bright green, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water. Chill until cold, about 3-4 minutes. Drain, transfer to a clean kitchen towel and pat dry.
Add the green beans, asparagus, flaked salmon, red onion, olives, capers, fresh dill and salad greens. Serve the warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
If you are unable find green asparagus, then I suggest adding a handful of sweet vine-ripened tomatoes.
For this salad I chose to make a mustardy dressing. I also make this salad without the salmon using my go-to French vinaigrette dressing.
Be sure to toss the potatoes in at least half the dressing while they are hot, as they soak up the flavor. Whether you peel them or not I will leave up to you to decide.