Friday, December 24, 2010

Potato Salad Niçoise

Wow December has flown by!! Sadly I haven't had any time to do Christmas baking so I plan on making up for it in January after my wedding. Which is also when I hope to catch up on blogs, as I keep on saying. I hope you all have merry Christmases and happy holidays and happy everythings! I'm waiting for E to get home so we can go over to my mom's and help out with preparations then eat eat eat and play games. We have lots of family meals and visiting in the next few days which I'm really looking forward to!

I've also got a recipe to share with you today from a new favourite cookbook of mine - Canadian Living: The Vegetarian Collection. For some reason I was kind of skeptical of how the recipes would turn out but I've made a few things and have been quite happy with them so I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of the book. I've always wanted to try Niçoise salad and came across a vegetarian version in this cookbook so finally decided to try it! I really enjoyed it and will be making it again.

Abby in her new favourite spot.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Mediterranean and Couscous Lentil Salad
Pesto and Chickpea Pasta Salad
Greek Barley Salad
Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Dill and Lemon

Potato Salad Niçoise
Adapted from Canadian Living: The Vegetarian Collection

Makes 4 servings

14 mini new potatoes, quartered (1 lb)
2 cups trimmed green beans, cut into 2" pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 cups baby spinach (I like lots of spinach, you don't have to use this much)
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
16 Kalamata olives, pitted
Half sweet red pepper, diced
4 hard boiled eggs, quartered

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook potatoes, covered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes.

Add green beans; cook until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain.

In large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, mustard, basil, salt, and pepper. Add potato mixture, spinach, tomatoes, olives and red pepper; toss to coat. Top with eggs.


kickpleat said...

Looks delicious and festive too! Happy Christmas!

Ben said...

Merry Christmas to you my friend and congratulations on the wedding. You'll have to post all about it when it happens :)

Joanne said...

Merry Christmas babe! Hope you have a super awesome happy holiday!

This potato salad looks delicious. A wonderful lunch!

Johanna GGG said...

merry christmas ashley - hope your christmas was a good one - and good luck with the wedding plans - love your photo of abby in her new spot - zinc always makes us laugh when she finds a new spot - but this one is especially funny as she looks like she is waiting for santa

Cookie baker Lynn said...

This salad looks like the perfect antidote to too many Christmas cookies.

I hope your wedding is wonderful and you share a picture or two from it!

Dana said...

This type of salad is one of my favorite things in the world to eat. It looks like this one has perfectly balanced flavors!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

This would be a delicious and healthy reprieve from all the rich holiday food I've been gorging on. Your kitty is quite cute amid the holiday toys :). Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Hope u had a merry x mas! Again congrats on the wedding. Hope to see pictures of it. Ur salad looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

Oh n happy new year Ashley!

Lisa said...

Wishing you a very happy new year. I look forward to your inspired creations for 2011.

Chocolate Coated Runner said...

looks delish...and happy new year to you!

Sarah S. said...

I hope we get to hear more about the wedding ;)

Beautiful salad, and the dressing is just my taste!

Eschelle said...

so happy to have found you!! :D

kimberleyblue said...

I think wedding preparations are probably more important than holiday baking. Hope you had a great Christmas and that your wedding is perfect.

This salad doesn't even look like it's missing the tuna - looks healthy and fun.

Deborah said...

It looks delicious! I hope you had a great New Year's and I look forward to hearing about your wedding!

Mary said...

What a lovely version of this classic salad. I love the food and recipes you feature for your readers. A visit here is never disappointing. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that the new year brings you a full measure of good things. Blessings...Mary

Arnaud said...

Great salad, thank you for inspiration. Really liked this one here in ... France ! just missed the basil, it's so hard to find during winter. Keep bloggin'

Jaime said...

your kitty is so cute! happy new year!

Helene said...

Thanks, I love Canadian Living. This looks really good.

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Hannah said...

A classic salad if I ever saw one. I bet it would be great if you substituted baked tofu for the eggs, too. :)