We have a fun-filled weekend ahead in Buck Hill Falls, the Men’s Member Guest Golf Tournament. My husband and stepson (two-time champions) play together and, a special treat for me this year, my daughter-in-law will be visiting as well! I plan on cooking up a storm (and, of course, posting everything.) So, I decided to take it a little easy and made one of our sort of fancy… really easy … favorite dinners on Wednesday night: niçoise salad with grilled tuna for my husband and grilled salmon for me.
I love preparing this meal you can do a lot of the work ahead of time and just assemble everything when you are ready to eat. Lots of time to relax!
At any time during the day:
- Boil six small potatoes
- Hard boil and peel two eggs
- Blanch 2 handfuls of green beans
- Cover everything separately with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve
When you are ready to eat dinner:
- Whisk together 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt
- Toss with rinsed and thoroughly spun dry baby greens
On a medium hot well oiled grill pan:
- Grill salmon for about 5 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other
- Quick grill tuna about 2 minutes on each side
Make a bed of lettuce on each plate, place the fish in the center and assemble potatoes, green beans, hard-boiled eggs and a few oil cured black olives around it.
The Diva “dishes”:
- If you happen to have small new potatoes in various colors it makes a nice presentation. Boil them whole and, when cooled, cut them in half lengthwise.
- Here’s how to perfectly hard boil eggs. Cover the eggs with water in the saucepan. Bring the water to a full boil. Remove from the heat and cover with a lid. Allow to stand for 12 minutes. Plunge the eggs into a bath of iced water for a few minutes. Voila! Perfectly cooked eggs.
- When you oil the grill pan, use canola oil it’s tasteless and doesn’t smoke up the house.
- Two minutes on each side makes very rare tuna. You can watch the tuna as it cooks and bring it to the temperature you prefer.
- Use any kind of olives that you like.