Saturday, October 5, 2013

FFWD Salade Niçoise

Delicious and satisfying 
I feel like I’ve been missing in action.  It’s so good to be back at my computer and my blog. My husband and I have enjoyed two weeks of traveling, and discovering the west coast, initiated by my trip to the IFBC food bloggers conference. I will write more about that later.
After being on the road for two weeks, we are currently in Florida.  We will be here for several weeks. Grocery shopping was a first priority. Trying to get things settled, and in order was a second. Even though this salad was our lunch on Thursday, I could not get my act together in time to write my post!  So, it’s French Saturday around here. 

The Classic French Salade Niçoise
For French Fridays this week our recipe was, Salade Niçoise! A classic French recipe. There are many variations however, the basic salad consists of green beans (haricot vert), small potatoes, tuna, hard boiled eggs, olives and anchovies. I was able to find some really cute mini potatoes at a local grocery store, perfect for this salad. I boiled the potatoes and eggs in the morning, so that they would be ready for our lunch.  The dressing was a simple vinaigrette, consisting of wine vinegar (red or white), dijon mustard and extra virgin olive oil. The salad was easy, delicious and fit the needs of my husbands diet. It was a perfect pick for our house. I would have left off the anchovies however, my husband loves them. We really enjoyed this quick and easy lunch.  It was a delight for the eyes as well as the mouth. A definite keeper!  Happy Saturday everyone!! It’s so good to be back!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans book “Around My French Table” or  here @Google Books

Here are some photos from my most fabulous weekend at the IFBC.  Even though there were many sessions that I truly enjoyed,  meeting Dorie and all my Dorista friends was the highlight of my weekend!!  

Dorie gave such an inspiring speech. She spoke about how she got started writing cookbooks 
and, her time working for Julia Child.
Our first night in Seattle at the Trace Lounge…Dorie posed for photos with all of the girls.  So very gracious!
Right from the beginning, it felt so comfortable, like we were old friends.  
My husband deep in conversation with Michael, Dorie’s husband.  
Dorie and Michael (the Original Dorista).  They were such a lovely couple.
The next morning at the sign-in.  Back row l. to r.  Karen, Liz, Betsy, Michelle, Trevor, Adriana, and Cher.  Front row, Patty, Alice and moi!


  1. Welcome back! Your Salade Niçoise looks exquisite!
    Thank you for sharing those happy moments at the IFBC!

  2. Niçoise salad is the ultimate South Beach recipe, even with a few potatoes! Bill must have been very happy about it. Enjoy your time in Florida! I hope to see some pictures of the beach on Instagram soon.

  3. Love your classic plating of the salad. I would do it the classic way if the salad is made for a crowd bigger than one! ;)

  4. So nice to have you blogging again! And I loved seeing photos of some of my blogging friends together. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

  5. Kathy, it was beyond wonderful to meet and get to know you and Bill even tho the tin of biscotti did not make it into your luggage. I had another Big Fail yesterday when I tried to make World Peace Cookies.I thot the world could use them and nothing about them worked. Kinda like the world right now. I wanted to call you but, as you said, you were on the road. Enjoy Florida. Your Salade looks wonderful and I am glad you both enjoyed it as much as I did.

  6. AHHH!! Love the pics! Love your salad! I love the lack of greens on your plate for the photo, tre chic!

  7. I enjoyed this post! Love the shots and love this salad! And what amazing time you live there!
    Im happy you come back:)

  8. Happy Dorie-versary (to copy what Adriana called it on my blg). I'm glad that our Dorie recipe for the week fit Bill's diet. I loved meeting you and Bill in Seattle. You're as nice in person as you seem from your blog. I still marvel how it was like reuniting with old friends, not meeting new friends. In reality, three years of sharing our stories make us all old friends after all. I hope Seattle was the first of many meetings. I'm headed to NJ this weekend, but you're in Florida, so I can't try to see you this time. Bummer. Enjoy your time in Florida!!!

  9. Hi Kathy! Welcome back! It sounds like you had a fabulous time. How exciting for all the girls and what looks like some happy hubbies too:)

    Your salad is the picture of perfection. I'll gladly celebrate French Saturday:)

    Thank you so much for sharing...It's wonderful to see you back.

    P.S. We're having a Pasta Party at my blog. It's my blogoversary and National Pasta Month too:) I do hope you will be able to make it. I certainly understand though if you can't. Louise

  10. So many folks met Dorie! So jealous!

  11. I wish I could just pick up that fork and dig in! wonderful pictures everyone seems so happy..

  12. Glad you made it safely to your final destination!
    It was a pleasure to meet you & Bill. More meet ups must happen!

  13. What a wonderful time you must have had thank you for sharing my friend :D
    And delicious job on this classy salad!


  14. I'm glad to see you cooking with us again, Kathy! Enjoy your time in Florida. Your salad looks perfect!!! xo

  15. Dear Kathy, It looks like you had a wonderful time. You are truly beaming.
    It is difficult to keep up with life sometimes but you look wonderful and happy and that is all that matters.
    The salad looks delish and healthy. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  16. Kathy, what a wonderful post - love all the fabulous pictures from your trip to Seattle - so nice to read that you all had such an amazing time there! And your salad is so beautifully arranged, simply delicious looking!
    Have a great week!

  17. This is a beautiful post Kathy and how much I would love to be there and meet all of you! Perhaps when my son grows a little bit more I will be able to return to the US not as a student this time but as a food tourist! Your salad is beautiful!

  18. I just noticed that I missed this great post and photos. Love, how you included everyone in your photos...and love the delicious Nicoise salad! Kathy, looks like you all had a fabulous time in Seattle!

  19. Love those pics Kathy! And you named everyone in the last one, so those of us who couldn't be there (jealous, jealous, jealous!) can put actual faces to all of you! That 'first dorista' t-shirt is awesome.