All this hot weather just makes me want to eat lovely fresh salads and a particular favourite of mine was discovered in earnest on a fabulous holiday to the South of France, in a small town named Mandelieu-La Napoule, where at the breathtaking beautiful Le Neapolis restaurant under the shade of an enormous tree I had the most fantastic Niçoise Salad I have ever enjoyed. It was so good I went back three times and ordered the same thing.
Perfect for hot summer days in a balance of flavours and fresh ingredients, I cannot think of anything more perfect for such a day.
So today I found a great recipe in Weight Watchers magazine and adapted it slightly to my own taste, although really this should include anchovies and a hard boiled egg (but I’m not a fan of the hard boiled egg, do include if you are)! Here is my version:
200g New/Charlotte/Salad potatoes, scrubbed
1 Pack of green beans
Half a pack of fresh salad leaves / lettuce
Four large tomatoes or handful of cherry tomatoes
Half red onion, thinly sliced
Small handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
Fresh tuna steak
Pizza Express light salad dressing
1) Boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes, testing with a knife to ensure they are tender but still fairly firm, about 3 minutes from their end time add the green beans. Drain all and rise in cold water. Set aside.
2) Arrange your leaves, basil, tomatoes, beans and onions on a plate.
3) Put the griddle or frying pan onto a high heat with a light spritz of the oil spray and when hot add the tuna steak. Cook through to your taste.
4) Lightly drizzle the salad dressing over the vegetables and place the tuna steak on top of all. Season.
If you are following the Weight Watchers Pro Points this comes in at 8 pp without the egg or 9pp with the egg. Regardless of this though, it is just a damn good salad! Mmmmm 🙂