It’s market time! On weekend mornings, I like to saunter through our neighborhood farmers market amid the crowds of people in shorts and sandals who, like me, are attracted to the “picked at their peak” vegetables, flowers, eggs, honey and jams in colorful stalls. Adults and kids alike visit with vendors, while friends happily bump into one another for a chat.
Since produce is overflowing at markets and grocery stores, there’s no better time to make a fresh, easy-to-prepare dish the whole family will love.
I recently was inspired by my friend, Ann Francois, to make a big salade niçoise for the centerpiece of her dining table at a recent gathering of our friends.
While I have vivid memories of traveling in southern France and feasting on this country salad typically composed of tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled-egg halves and anchovies on a bed of lettuce and dressed with a vinaigrette, Ann’s version featured the addition of locally sourced new potatoes and mounds of green beans. Each ingredient was artfully arranged on a platter and served with crusty French bread.
Make this healthy salad with your kids for a light and simple-to-prepare summer main course. What makes it so family-friendly is that you can tweak it to suit tastes.
Add artichoke hearts, capers or grilled red peppers. Don’t like anchovies? Skip them.