Friday, September 15, 2017

Nicoise Salad (Vegan)

Yield: 2-3 servings

4-5 small red or yellow potatoes
1 cup green beans, trimmed
1 head lettuce, butter or romaine
1/2 cup Nicoise, green, or kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small red beet, grated

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp dill
salt and pepper
1 tbsp sunflower seeds

1 shallot, finely diced
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp thyme
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

tuna or salmon
hardboiled eggs

1. Add potatoes to a small pot filled with cold water until just covered. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium until the water is just simmering. Cook uncovered for 12 to 20 minutes, or until a knife slides easily through. Drain and cool. Cut into quarters.
2. Meanwhile, fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Add green beans and boil for 2 to 4 minutes and just slightly tender. Drain and immediately immerse/rinse in cold water to stop cooking process. Drain and set aside.
3. Add chickpeas, mustard, maple syrup, dill, salt and pepper, and sunflower seeds to a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Mash a few chickpeas to create texture. Set aside.
4. Prepare the dressing by adding all dressing ingredients to a mason jar and shaking vigorously to combine, or whisk together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
5. To serve, add lettuce to a bowl. Top with potatoes, green beans, chickpeas, olives, tomatoes, beets, fish (optional), and eggs (optional). Serve with dressing.

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