Bowl food – I love Bowl food and this time of year it’s got to be Eat The Rainbow salad – today Tuna Nicoise Salad with Homemade Bread 😍
I am using Iceland frozen Tuna Steaks (defrosted)
and a whole load of lovely fresh salad from Aldi – Baby gem lettuce, radishes, red onion, olives, tomatoes, avocado, baby mozzarella balls, carrot, pepper, new potatoes, green beans, eggs – LOADS…. 🤗
I start by boiling the eggs, 3 medium eggs into salted boiling water for 10 minutes usually gives me hard boiled eggs with a slightly soft yolk. I am using the same water to boil the new potatoes. These can be left to cool.
Trim the green beans, my top tip is to keep them on the pack, tip to one end of the bag and cut the ends off, then to the other side of the bag and chop again, saves time and next to no mess, throw them into salted boiling water for a few minutes till al dente. I plunge these into very cold water to ‘refresh’ them and stop them cooking so they stay a lovely bright green.
The red onions are finely sliced and popped into a lidded plastic box with a teaspoon of sugar and a good glug of red wine vinegar – pop in the lid and shake well – leave in the fridge till ready to use – they will last a good week or so 😊
I fry off the tuna steaks in olive oil, with plenty of seasoning and leave for a few minutes to rest, slice evenly and dress with lemon juice.
The rest of the salad, tomatoes, radish are topped and tailed and quartered or sliced, the baby gem are quartered. The pepper is sliced and the carrots grated. Half and scoop out the avocado and slice, halve the olives.
Dress your bowl with the leaves and cut Veg make it pretty and colourful, lay on the sliced tuna, halved eggs, new potatoes, crunchy beans and the dinky little Mozzarella balls.
Make a simple dressing in a clean jar, add 6 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 tablespoon of white wine Vinegar, salt, pepper, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard and one of grain mustard, garlic powder if you like it, pop on the lid and shake well
this is a very simple vinaigrette, you can add a little honey if it’s too tart for your taste – drizzle this over your finished salad
Serve with chucks of homemade bread – see here for my usual Recipe
Did you notice my deliberate (not) mistake – I forgot to put the avocado and red onion on the plates – Doh 🙄