Author Notes: This salad was inspired by a trip to the farmer's market last week. Fresh, colorful, and vibrant, it is easy to make on those hot summer nights where the idea of going into the kitchen seems nearly unbearable. It was only after I created it that I'd realized I'd unintentionally reinvented the wheel and made an alternate version of Salade Niçoise. —littleknitter
ounces haricots verts
cup cherry tomatoes
cup kalamata olives
ounces cooked wild salmon
cup plain yogurt
ounces goat cheese
tablespoons minced fresh dill
tablespoons olive oil
Juice from one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel the potatoes, then cut them into thin wedges about 3/8" thick. Steam or boil them until they are cooked through (alternately, you can steam a handful of baby potatoes, then slice them after they are done cooking). Meanwhile, cut the haricots verts into bite size (1 1/2 inch) pieces and steam until they are just barely crisp-tender. (Don't wait for them to cool - you'll need this salad to be tossed while still warm).
- Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, then do the same for the olives.
- In a large bowl, add the olives, tomatoes, potatoes, and haricots verts, then toss with the yogurt, chevre, olive oil, lemon juice and dill. If you do this while the haricots verts and potatoes are still warm, the chevre will melt into the yogurt, making a creamy dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- If dressing is too thick, it may be necessary to thin it - you can use a little extra olive oil or some milk for this purpose.
- Crumble the salmon so that it flakes, then toss it gently with the salad. You may serve it immediately, while still warm, or the next day as a chilled salad. Enjoy!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Cherry Tomatoes