Healthy Lunch Idea: A Farro Niçoise Salad
Composed salads are a great way to dress up the odds and ends in your fridge, and make for an easy all-in-one meal. While I adore potatoes (a key ingredient in a classic nioise), some people do not like them at all, so this is for them. In place of potatoes, I use farro, a chewy form of wheat available at Italian markets, health food stores, and many supermarkets.
Farro Nioise Salad
Makes: 2 servingsActive Time: 5 minutesTotal Time: 15 minutes + cooking farroTip: This salad can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. Or get a jump on it by cooking the farro and storing it in the fridge for up to 1 week. Hard-boiled eggs can also be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp packed chopped fresh tarragon, fine stems and leaves only
- 1 Tbsp sliced green onions, light parts only
- tsp finely minced garlic Salt and pepper
- Small handful green beans, trimmed
- 1 can olive-oil-packed tuna, drained
- 3 cups leafy salad greens 2 cups cooked and cooled
- farro (see Note)
- cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, halved Olives
- Pickled onions (optional)
- Make the dressing: Place the dressing ingredients in a small blender or a tall jar suitable for use with an immersion blender. Blend for about 90 seconds, until combined into a lemon-yellow dressing with tiny flecks of green. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed (see Note below).
- Place the beans in a microwave-safe dish, cover, and microwave on high for 90 seconds to steam and soften them a little. Break the tuna up into chunks using a fork.
- Make a bed of the salad greens in your lunch bowl and top with the farro, softened green beans, cherry tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and pickled onions. Pack the dressing in a separate container and toss with the rest of the salad at lunchtime.
Note:Some red wine vinegars can be very acidic; if the dressing catches you at the back of your throat, add to 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and blend again to mollify the acidic flavor. If you cant get your hands on farro, feel free to substitute with quinoa or, of course, some boiled baby potatoes.Excerpted from Lunchbox by Aviva Wittenberg. Copyright 2022 Aviva Wittenberg. Photography 2022 Aviva Wittenberg. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.Next: Fun Lunch Idea: Baked Pear, Vanilla, & Spiced Donuts With Seeds and Fruit