In my neck of the woods, we tend to get a few 70 degree days toward the end of Lent. Salade Nicoise is a perfect entree for those warmer days. I admit to painting with broad strokes- the traditional tuna, green beans, eggs, potatoes, and olives often find themselves paired with anything that looks good. My family favors a simple dressing of olive oil and lemon juice, but if you want to go all out, here's a recipe for the traditional version. Serve with crusty bread.
Salade Nicoise (serves 4)
1 head Bibb or romaine lettuce
1/2 lb green beans, blanched
1/2 lb new potatoes, boiled and cooled
12 oz can tuna packed in oil, drained
4 hard boiled eggs, quartered
1/2 cup black olives
other seasonal vegetables as desired
Dressing, as desired, in a small jug or pitcher
Arrange ingredients on a bed of lettuce on a large platter. Let each person serve themselves and dress the salad as desired.