There’s a lesson, as usual, in today’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, salade Niçoise.
You don’t mess with classics.
Take for example Pride and Prejudice. The book itself is a classic. It has spawned a quasi-classic BBC mini-series, inspired a funny modern quasi-classic romantic comedy (Bridget Jones’ Diary), and is still one of the most read books in the world.
Did the world really need Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? The countless fanfic written straight for the Kindle? Pop culture right now leads us to incorporating otherworldly creatures, alternate realities (seriously, The Other Mr. Darcy?) into well known and loved stories. I understand that people love the original so much and they want to tap into all the possibilities within that story. Just don’t name it Proud and Prejudiced, or Dashing From/To Darcy or something equally lame.
Salade Niçoise is really no different.
Deconstructing a French classic salad
The components of the traditional salade Niçoise are:
- Boiled Potatoes
- Green beans
- Dark olives
Fresh tuna? Yes, I admit I considered it. Marinated artichokes? Not really out place. Sundried tomatoes are such a nice counterpart to briny olives and capers. Croutons, #sexybacon, dried cranberries, and an asparagus spear are the zombie threatening to show up and eat up the classic salad
It’s just too easy to get carried away. I’m happy I didn’t yesterday. Truth be told, that had more to do my poor planning/attempts to squeeze in this post on time. If I had had the time to defrost and cook a tuna steak, you would have seen the seared tuna slices fanned over the rest of the ingredients.
On a side note, I bought a three years supply of capers at the warehouse club on a whim. 32 ounces for less than six dollars! The tiny jar in the supermarket costs at least two. Short of making this salad on a weekly basis, what are your favorite recipes that have capers on them? Feel free to link back in the comments!
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where a group of fearless bloggers take on a recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table on a weekly basis. Click here to see their versions of Salade Niçoise.