It takes a little time to prepare all the separate elements for this meal but the pay-off is it can all be done ahead of time and it looks and tastes spectacular. This has been my go-to meal for entertaining this summer.
I looked up an old recipe from Ina Garten just to remind me of all the ingredients. I bought green beans and lettuce at the farmers market in the morning, salmon from the fish market and found the remaining ingredients in my kitchen!
The standard ingredients in a salad nicoise are:
green beans, hard boiled eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, tuna (or salmon), olives and capers.
I spread some pesto on the salmon pieces and baked them for about 20 minutes at 425F. Boil the potatoes, quickly steam the green beans and cut hardboiled eggs in quarters. Arrange everything on a large platter that has been covered with lettuce leaves. Liberally sprinkle capers over the ingredients. Drizzle my salad dressing over everything and serve with some fresh bread. Enjoy!