Salade nicoise is a a very simple, yummy French salad.  It is composed of green beans, tomatoes, olives, hard-boiled eggs, lettuce, and potatoes.  When I made this salad with my classmates, we also prepared homemade French dressing.

Ingredients (salad):

  • 1/2 lb microwaved green beans
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 jar pitted olives
  • 5 hard-boiled eggs cut into wedges (place in simmering water and cook for 18 minutes)
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 5 boiled potatoes, sliced

Ingredients (dressing):

  • 1 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp herbes de Provence
  • 4 tsp shallots, chopped

Utensilts:

  • Shaker jar (for dressing)
  • Large bowl or plate
  • Bowls for each of the vegetables
  • Knife for chopping the tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, and shallots
  • Pot for hard-boiled eggs if not using already prepared eggs
  • Tongs for eggs

Instructions:

Make sure you have a large enough shaker jar for the dressing.  My classmates and I learned the hard way that not all of the ingredients fit inside the shaker jar, so we had a smaller amount of dressing than we would have liked.  It also created quite a mess Blink

Prepare vegetables as directed.  Microwave the green beans as directed on the can and let cool as you work on the other vegetables.  Grape tomatoes, olives, and lettuce can be left as is.  You can use already hard-boiled eggs or you can let water boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat so you get it simmering (smaller, faster moving bubbles to the surface) and place eggs with tongs.  Let eggs boil for 18 minutes.  Use the same method for boiling potatoes, if not using already boiled potatoes.  However, have potatoes boil for 15 minutes.

Place each prepared vegetable in a bowl.  Once all the ingredients fit inside the shaker jar, shake it like a polaroid picture!  Pour half of the dressing over the potatoes and let sit for 15 minutes.  Then arrange salad ingredients on a large platter, placing the potatoes last in the center of the salad.  Pour the remaining dressing over the salad and enjoy!

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