The classic tuna nicoise salad is the ideal meal for a hot summer day or to have as a light and balanced lunch or dinner. You will not leave the table feeling at a loss for anything and you will be energized and invigorated because of the healthy fresh ingredients. A traditional tuna nicoise is not to be feared, but rather revered.
Many people are intimidated by fresh tuna. A pan-seared piece of fresh tuna should be held in the highest regard. If someone eats canned tuna, they will be blown away by fresh tuna. This piece of fish is often seasoned well and seared in olive oil until it is cooked rare, which is how it should be eaten. This beautiful tuna will be served alongside boiled and pan-fried potatoes, green beans, olives, cherry tomatoes, lettuce leaves, hard-boiled eggs and basil.
A tuna nicoise salad dressing is the overall foundation of the salad to bring it all together. A vinaigrette might cleverly incorporate briny items such as capers, olives or anchovies to compliment the salad ingredients. Such items are paired with balsamic vinegar, mustard, lemon juice and olive oil to create a stunningly vibrant explosion in your mouth with each bite.
About Zia Diner:
The Zia Diner is a true Santa Fe icon, now celebrating 25 years as a part of this community. Serving upscale, down home comfort food, the Zia Diner serves updated renditions of diner classics – think Green Chile-Pinon Meatloaf – along with an eclectic menu of southwestern and international comfort food. This high-energy restaurant and bar prides itself on its professional and friendly service and exceptional food. The Zia uses grass-fed, additive-free beef, free-range and additive-free chicken and eggs, and local, organic, fair-trade Agapao Coffee. Their bread is delivered daily from Fano Bakery in Albuquerque. All pies, cakes, cookies and pastries are baked from scratch in their kitchen.
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