Make a Salad Nicoise

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A Salad Nicoise

We’re back in the French Riviera. This time, in Cannes. And on the day we got there, summer seems to be refusing to budge for the arrival of autumn. It was scorching hot! 

"Full beach in Cannes where a salad nicoise is expensive"

We were in the city of celebrities for three and half days, continuing our search for the small outdoors in the French Riviera. (Brangelina couldn’t wait a few more months to meet the Easy Hikers? Hmph, their loss. We could have shown them a trail or two that their big family could have enjoyed.)

"Hand print of Angelina Jolie on a sidewalk in Cannes"

Since budgetwise we travel very much unlike Brangelina and their coterie, we were very happy that we found a vacation rental in Cannes via HouseTrip.

No need to whisper it: things are a bit pricey in this city. But being in a holiday rental meant we didn’t have to pay exorbitant prices for a hotel room and go out for dinner every night (where a simple salad would have set us back €14 each. Set menus everywhere were never less than €25-€30 per person, sans wine.)

So, it was easy to decide to prepare our meals for the next three days at “home” where we had a fully equipped kitchen, very much appreciating the nearby local fresh market and the supermarket.

Top of the list of what I wanted to prepare was the famous Salade Niçoise – an appropriate dish for a hot summer’s day.

So, this little missy went to market….

"Mrs. Easy Hiker shopping for salad nicoise in a market in Cannes"

The Ingredients

These are the ones you would be thankful for that you are not in a hotel room because they need to be cooked!

"Cubed boiled potatoes, boiled eggs and string beans"

These are the ones you could easily get in the market as well as a supermarket.

"Ingredients for a salad nicoise at home"

Instead of tuna, I preferred to use anchovies.

There’s not much in terms of getting the dish ready. But, except for the anchovies and the eggs, I did toss each ingredient in the vinaigrette, assuring that each layer had some flavour. You’d appreciate this once you start digging into it.

"A chilled bottle of Rose and a fresh baguette with salad nicoise"

These may not go into the salad, but the salad cannot possibly go without them.

 

 Et voilà!

"A full plate of Salade Niçoise"

Bon Appetit!

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