Friday, April 30, 2010

Fabulous Nest Friday... Salmon Salad Nicoise

I'm participating in Housewife Bliss' Fabulous Nest Friday...  (button to the right of the screen). We're nesting in the kitchen with last year's Grilled Salmon Nicoise. The warm weather is upon us... we want to entertain outdoors... we want to light up the grill... we want to serve healthy, delicious food to our guests... This salad is perfection whether served at a small intimate luncheon... for a gathering with family and friends or simply as a lovely summer supper... I find this blissful perfection from the kitchen!





Not too long ago I mentioned that the only "proper" Salade Nicoise was one that was made with canned tuna fish. Canned in oil. Not fresh tuna. Not fresh salmon. Not fresh any fish.

Well I am known for breaking the rules and I wanted salmon and I wanted it grilled and I wanted a Nicoise. So I went ahead and made my own variation.

On a large platter I arranged asparagus, black olives, new potatoes -- sliced, Campari tomatoes, white beans and romaine lettuce.

We grilled the salmon, with a little bit of Blackened seasoning,  to perfection and served it on top of the plated salad. This is a meal I cook often in the warm months. The children love it. It's simple enough to serve to guests as all but the fish can be prepped ahead of time.

Ingredients:

2 heads of Romaine lettuce, washed and trimmed
1/2 - 3/4 pounds of new potatoes, cooked and sliced
6 Campari tomatoes, washed and quartered
1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
6 scallions, washed, trimmed -- using both white and green pieces
2 bunches of asparagus washed and trimmed (I always peel away tough outer layer with a veggie peeler)

Directions:

Wash, rinse and dry lettuce... cut or tear into bite sized pieces. Arrange on platter
Add tomatoes, quartered
Cook asparagus in boiling water for no more than 3 minutes. Remove from water and give a cold water bath. Let sit a few minutes, remove, pat dry and add to salad
Add olives
Add beans
Cook potatoes in boiling water, 10 - 15 minutes, cool and slice. Add to salad
Add scallions over the top.
Just prior to serving add vinaigrette
Prepare fish by rubbing spices, and cook for desired time. (For salmon steaks about 3 minutes per side, more for filets and larger pieces. You may want to consult a grilling book to make sure you adequately cook your fish.)

Vinaigrette:

2 tbs Dijon Mustard
1/4 Cup of white vinegar
1/2 cup of olive oil
Mix well (I like to shake in a jar) until fully emulsified
Feel free to change to meet your tastes... less mustard or less vinegar

Serves 6 - 8 

4 comments:

Housewife Bliss said...

So delighted to have you on board! This looks so very yummy, if the rain does not kill the weekend, we just may be sitting down to enjoy this. Perfect.

Natasha said...

YUM! I love the idea of having Salmon with this. Great recipe-thanks!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

...All Things Refined said...

Salmon for dinner tonight - thank you for the recipe!

cynthia - thedailybasics.com said...

Visiting you from Fabulous Nest Friday Blog Hopping! That looks absolutely fab and I am making it this weekend! Thanks for posting it!