Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuna, Potato, and Green Bean Salad with Olive Dressing

Did you eat like I did this Memorial Day weekend? Potato salad, hot dogs smothered in queso, french toast with a bunch of butter, and chocolate chip cookies, lots of chocolate chip cookies. Not our healthiest menus but some of the most delicious. The chocolate chip cookies were apart of a chocolate chip cookie throwdown. Three different chocolate chip cookies, five friends voting, and only one winner. The winner was unanimous and I will share that recipe with you someday. It involves extra brown sugar, a healthy dose of salt, and lots of brown butter.

Needless to say after consuming a bunch of cookies and hot dogs covered in cheese something a little more reasonable was called for. Something like a salad but this is not just any old salad. Usually we eat salads to feel better about ourselves. This salad we will eat because it's awesome. It packed almost as much flavor as the queso hot dog, almost. If you are familiar with Nicoise salad, the ingredients are very similar. Tuna, potatoes, green beans, hard boiled egg, and capers make up the base. What makes this salad different and one of the tastiest salads you will ever eat is the olive dressing. Into the foreseeable future this salad will be gracing my lunch hour.

Tuna, Potato, and Green Bean Salad with Olive Dressing 
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, Serves 4
2 lbs small yukon gold potatoes, cut in half
1 lb green beans
3/4 cup olives (use your favorite type)
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs honey
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cans tuna in water, drained
2 eggs, hard boiled
4 tsps capers

In a large pot, bring potatoes to a boil. Boil potatoes for 5 minutes and add green beans. Boil for an additional 5 minutes until the potatoes and green beans are tender. Drain and run under cold water.

To make the dressing blend the olives, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, balsamic vinegar, dijon, and salt and pepper in a blender.

Assemble the salads individually with green bean, potatoes, 1/2 a can of tuna, 1 tsp of capers, 1/2 a hard boiled egg sliced, and a couple dollops of dressing.

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