I think I’m finally over my post-vacation blues. Man, those hit hard! Thanks for understanding the lack of activity on g&c last week…the break after vacation was much needed and I’ve finally recovered! Now, onto the FOOD!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who craves fruits and veggies and general healthy eating after coming home from vacation, and this vacation was no different. Well, it was a little different. I actually lost weight on our backpacking trip (which was no surprise as we were hiking 15 miles a day) but I was just sick of eating packaged, processed food on the trail. After my cravings for a beer, burger, chili cheese Fritos, kettle chips, ice cream, Snickers, and wine were fulfilled, I came home wanting fresh fruit and veggies.
So for the past 2 weeks it’s been salads, galore! I love a good Nicoise salad but I’ve never tried making one at home. The thought of cooking Ahi tuna is intimidating to me but after trying one with salmon on vacation, I was hooked.
The thing about Nicoise salads is that there are quite few cooked ingredients, which are not difficult things to cook but they do require time. Such as, the hard boiled eggs. And the potatoes. And the green beans. And the salmon. And then I went ahead and threw some quinoa in there just so you’d have to cook one more thing.
The great thing about all of these things (except the salmon) is that you can make them ahead of time. If you’re planning to make this for dinner, cook the quinoa, hard boiled eggs, potatoes, and green beans the night before. These ingredients are typically served cold on the salad, anyways. That way, when you get home and were ready to eat dinner an hour ago, all you have to do is cook the salmon.
Speaking of the salmon – you can cook it whatever way you prefer. I used my grill so I didn’t have to turn on the oven but you could definitely use your oven or your stovetop. I’ve also had a hard time in the past getting salmon to turn out how I want it and I just recently discovered drizzling it with a bit of olive oil or putting a couple pats of butter on top, and it has turned out perfectly ever since. Oh, and not overcooking it…resist the temptation!
The simple vinaigrette is the icing on the
cake salad.. It has a ton of flavor from the lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and dried herbs, and goes so well with the fresh veggies.
Overall, I absolutely luuuuuurved this salad. The ingredients are so simple, but so good. Especially with farmers market fresh potatoes, tomatoes, and green beans. What better time of the year to make this salad than now, when the ingredients are so fresh?!