Damien Pignolet's salade Niçoise


  • Serves 6 people

  • 3-4 eggs, at fridge temperature
  • 8 tomatoes, cored, cut into 2cm-thick slices
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 2 green capsicum, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 4 spring onions, white part only, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 small Lebanese cucumbers (optional), very finely sliced
  • 120 gm small black olives, rinsed and dried with paper towel
  • Torn lettuce (such as cos or red oak-leaf), washed and spin-dried (optional)
  • 250-300 gm tuna in oil (preferably Ortiz red label or Crespi), drained well
  • 10 anchovy fillets (preferably Ortiz brand), drained well, cut lengthways into 2-3 pieces
  • 12 basil leaves
  • Vinaigrette
  • 120 ml best quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp tarragon vinegar or Banyuls, or to taste
01   Prick the eggs with a pin, then cook in a saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes. Refresh under cold running water until cold. Shell and cut into quarters.
02   Place the tomato in a colander, then sprinkle with sea salt. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then gently pat dry with paper towel.
03   Rub a platter with the garlic and season it lightly. Arrange the tomato, capsicum, spring onion, cucumber, olives, lettuce (if using), egg, flaked tuna and anchovies on the platter so that the various colours contrast with each other. Gently tear the basil and scatter over the salad.
04   To make the vinaigrette, mix the ingredients, adding enough salt, pepper and vinegar to your taste, and distribute evenly over the salad. Toss gently so that the ingredients are anointed evenly.
Note Reproduced from Salades ($59.95, hbk) by Damien Pignolet, with photography by Anson Smart. Published by Lantern, an imprint of Penguin Books. Pignolet's recipes have been reproduced with minor Gourmet Traveller style changes.

This recipe is from the September 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.





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