Mimi’s Easy pre-weekend Dinner

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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!

Preparation:

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.

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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.
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