This is my version of the salad served at The Four Seasons, a great little Portuguese restaurant in Lowell MA which we just love. It's a cinch to make with everyday pantry ingredients, but is even better if you are able to get the best ingredients you can. This is great any time of year that can be served right away or the next day. If you have any leftovers serve them on a bed of torn watercress. —Helen's All Night Diner
2 to 4
tuna in olive oil preferably Italian, drained
waxy potatoes such as white, fingerling, red, new
cooked chickpeas, preferably made from dried
minced sweet onion, shallot, or scallion
Steam the potatoes until just tender, cool slightly and peel (not necessary to peel small new or red potatoes). Cut into rough chunks and arrange on a serving platter, sprinkle with salt. Drain the tuna and flake into large chunks on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle the chickpeas and onions over the top along with the olives. Mix the olive oil and lemon juice, add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the salad, arrange the parsley leaves around the platter. Either serve at once or chill and serve the next day. Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as an entree.
This is a great pantry recipe that can yield extraordinary results with high quality ingredients. Stop by a farm stand and pick up some beautiful little potatoes. Pop by your favorite foodie shop and pick up a handful of wonderful olives and some fantastic tuna. Break out your best olive oil and sherry vinegar and enjoy!