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Grilled Nicoise Salad – Recipe!

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A traditional Nicoise Salad is a mixture of tuna, tomatoes, green beans or haricot vert, hard boiled eggs and Nicoise olives and it is often served at lunchtime in France.  I thought I would make this salad with a unique twist by grilling Romaine lettuce and French green beans and substituting olives for radishes and serving it with a simple vinaigrette.

Grilling vegetables mellows their flavors and offers a sublime taste, which makes this Grilled Nicoise Salad delicious for lunch or a light dinner and is perfect, while dining al fresco in the warm weather months.  You could also pile the same ingredients on a toasted baguette, but that’s another recipe entirely.

Ingredients

8 ounces fresh Ahi tuna

1 head Romaine lettuce

4 ounces small green beans or haricot vert

10 small radishes, I prefer French

2 hard boiled eggs

vegetable oil

salt

pepper

Vinaigrette

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

1/3 cup olive oil

pinch salt & pepper

(Serves 2)

To Prepare:

1.  Heat a gas grill to 400 degrees.  Remove tuna from any packaging and drizzle with vegetable oil.  Sprinkle the tuna with salt and pepper on both sides.

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2.  Slice the Romaine lettuce in half and lightly drizzle with vegetable oil.  Wash and dry green beans and radishes and drizzle with olive oil, then place them in a grilling basket or iron skillet.

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3.  In a jar with fitted lid, combine all the vinaigrette ingredients and shake well.  Set aside.

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4.  Place the tuna and the vegetables on the grill.  Cook the tuna and lettuce for 3 minutes on the first side and turn over and grill the other side for 3 more minutes.  Cook the green beans and radishes for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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5.  Slice the tuna in 1/2 inch thick pieces and slice the hard boiled eggs in half.  Layer the salad in a bowl and serve with the vinaigrette.  Enjoy!

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