This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. We have had a glut of tomatoes from the garden, and while they are wonderful, I am getting tired of cooking “summer tomato” recipes and am really ready to start cooking more comforting autumn meals. Salad Niçoise was the perfect bridge because I could still use up some tomatoes, but in a different way than I have been. I also got to use green beans and potatoes from the garden!
Funny story about the potatoes: We were out in the vegetable garden on Saturday. I noticed that something had been doing some serious digging in my raised bed (no damage, fortunately). Suddenly we noticed a potato sitting on the ground. Then more potatoes, just sitting there out in the open. That something (I suspect a raccoon) dug up several potatoes and just left them untouched on top of the soil. No scratches, or bites, or any kind of damage (whew!). In fact, there were just enough potatoes dug up for this recipe.
We really enjoyed this salad. The variety of flavors and textures all go so well together. What a wonderful way to enjoy the Fall harvest!
You can find the recipe for this version of Salade Niçoise in Dorie Greenspan’s book, Around My French Table.