Wednesday 25 July 2012

McCain Wedges Summer of Sharing Recipe #3 : French Nicoise Salad

After venturing into Greek and Jamaican cuisine, we're heading back closer to home today for the latest Summer of Sharing recipe using McCain wedges, trying out their version of Salade Niçoise. (I know I told you we'd be trying the British recipe next but I needed to throw a quick lunch together and this was it !) Although I've eaten Salade Niçoise before (I'm married to a Frenchman - what do you expect?!), I've never tried it with wedges so I was keen to see how it would turn out.

Here's what you need :

Ingredients :

300g McCain Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper  Wedges
75ml extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
100g fine green beans
4 eggs
225g can tuna steak in olive oil, drained
1 little gem lettuce, leaves torn
8 baby plum tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp capers, rinsed
1 handful pitted black olives
6 anchovy fillets, drained and halved

For the dressing:
• In a jug or a jar, mix together the oil and lemon juice, season and set  aside.

For the salad:
• Place the McCain Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Wedges on a  roasting tray and cook as per pack instructions.

• Blanch the beans in a pan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and  place in a bowl of cold water. Drain again, cover with more cold water  and set aside.

• Bring another pan of water to the boil, add the eggs and cook in  simmering water for 6 minutes. Remove and plunge in cold water for 1  minute. When cool enough to handle, peel the eggs and cut into  quarters.

• Break the tuna into bite size pieces and place into a large bowl. Add  the McCain Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Wedges, drained beans,  lettuce, tomatoes, capers, and olives. Drizzle with the dressing and  gently mix together. Add the eggs and anchovies and toss again very  gently and serve.

This was the huge meal of a salad that left even Madhouse Daddy Mike totally stuffed ! The great thing about adding the wedges is that even Pierre and Juliette, who aren't keen on salad, tucked into the tuna, tomatoes, eggs and wedges and got a full meal inside their tummies.

The only things I changed was cooking the beans for slightly longer so that they were still al dente but a bit less crunchy, otherwise Sophie wouldn't have eaten them, and using some ginger and chilli dressing rather than the olive oil and lemon juice mixture which I found too bland.

So where in the world will we be off to next ?!

Don't forget, the recipes are part of  McCain's summer campaign encouraging Brits to celebrate this great British summer with family and friends. As part of the campaign they’re giving away 100 party packs per day as well as the opportunity to win the ultimate party to share with your friends and family. All you have to do is visit their microsite to enter where you’ll also find recipes, party tips, games and the calendar of events this summer  –

Disclosure :  I received a selection of ingredients from McCain in order to try out their Summer of Sharing recipes.

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  1. this looks lovely, we always run out of ideas for summery food

  2. Your salad looks so good. I must make more salads.

  3. The salad looks very good. Delicious!


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