Smoked Salmon Nicoise Salad

Ingredients

3 cups organic baby spinach
1 small head of organic romaine, trimmed, leaves left whole
4 large eggs, hard boiled, cooled, peeled halved
1 English or hot house cucumber
2 large heirloom tomatoes cut into large slices (or 2 cups cherry tomatoes)
1/2 pound washed, trimmed fresh green beans, par boiled and cooled
2 pounds new potatoes boiled in salt water until just fork tender, and cooled
2 teaspoons capers
1/2 small red onion sliced thinly (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup lemon stuffed manzanilla olives
fresh chopped Italian parsley leaves for garnish (optional)
fresh ground pepper to taste

1 pound of cooked and cooled meat/protein of choice such as smoked, poached or grilled salmon, poached or grilled chicken, grilled steak, seared tuna, fried or baked tofu, etc. (there are no wrong answers here)

Dressing

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
3 tablespoons Champagne Wine Vinegar or Plain White Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 anchovy fillet (optional)
2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of UP Pain Olive Oil or infused olive oil of your choice (Dill, Garlic, Lemon, Blood Orange, Persian Lime)

Add the vinegar, lemon juice, anchovy fillet, mustard, garlic, salt, pepper, and cheese to the jar of a blender or food processor bowl. Pulse to combine well. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until thickened.

Preparation

Our Smoked Salmon Nicoise Salad with Lemon Stuffed Olives is a healthy, cool, hearty, delicious, Mediterranean Diet inspired meal that has a little something for everyone. In a large bowl, toss the cooked and cooled baby potatoes with two tablespoons of the olive oil dressing. On a large platter just before serving, arrange a bed of baby spinach topped with the whole Romaine lettuce leaves. Arrange the various components around the platter with the meat, fish or protein showcased in the center. Add a grind of fresh black pepper and serve the platter with the salad dressing on the side.

Serves 6 as a meal or up to 10 as a starter.

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