A variation of a nicoise salad, presented on this plate in all its greenery is the following:
- A bed of young lettuce, comprised of Bibb, red, arugula, and romaine.
- Hard-boiled eggs, sliced in half length-wise, from the backyard chickens.
- Asparagus spears, lightly steamed.
- Fava beans, lightly sauteed.
- Young onions, sliced in half and sauteed to the edge of translucence.
- Juvenile fingerling potatoes, boiled till soft.
- Olives, brine-cured. These were a gift from a Sicilian we met a week ago.
- Tuna, white albacore (ok, store-bought)
- Capers (also from the store)
Dress with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Toasted whole wheat bread rubbed with garlic and lightly drizzled with olive oil makes a delectable side. A glass of Merlot to accompany.
Altogether: delicious, filling, and symbolic of what can be done with a seemingly odd amalgam of backyard eats.
Oh, and in case there was any wonder: I am indeed a blessed man.