Recipe: Tuna Nicoise Potato Salad

Tuna Nicoise Potato Salad

I’m on a roll!!! Maybe this menu planning business will give me a little kick in the pants with some food inspiration!

I just did a nicoise recipe not that long ago…But it was with pasta. So this is similar, but it was colorful, healthy and fresh so I thought I’d share! I know that food blogging can be a teeny bit narcissistic anyway, so forgive me if I say that this meal was so yummy I had a full other portion of it at 9pm. It’s a one dish wonder. Kind of a salad, but warm and a little bit heartier. Best of all, it was almost a complete rainbow. Here’s how it goes:

Tuna Nicoise Potato Salad

Serves 4

2 lbs purple potatoes, diced into 2 inch cubes, boiled until tender but not mushy (maybe 3-4 cups)

2 cups(or so) green beans, steamed lightly and chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

4 eggs, hardboiled, chopped

2 cans of tuna

2 tbs grainy mustard

sea salt to taste

pepper to taste

1 tbs fresh dill

drizzle of almond oil(or olive oil)

Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl. Serve!

I served this warm because the beans/potatoes/eggs were hot. It was good hot, it was good warm, it was good cold. Trust me. If you don’t like mustard, skip this recipe because the grainy mustard was the magic, don’t leave it out!


Recipe: Orzo Tuna Nicoise

orzo tuna nicoise

This little recipe was whipped up last night, as I stared into the fridge, glanced over at the clock and realized something had to be made in about 15 minutes times, stared back into the fridge, glanced back at the clock etc. My whole cooking life has been thrown off with the temporary closure and relocation of the Calgary Farmer’s Market. My little routine has been rocked and now I can’t seem to keep track of the produce in my fridge. For whatever reason I keep buying spinach and tomatoes. At least we like spinach and tomatoes but every night this week I’ve had to find new ways to do things with spinach and tomatoes!

Tomorrow, we are going to check out the new Kingsland Market. A lot of the vendors from the CFM have moved there so I hope to see some familiar faces. It’s January, it’s cold, not the peak of my cooking inspiration anyway. I’m missing the vibrancy of the Market and looking forward to it reopening.

Orzo may just be my favorite of all pasta. I have a really yummy asparagus orzo salad recipe in the cookbook. The kids LOVE orzo because it’s cute and little. This recipe is delicious hot(supper), lukewarm(snack after supper), and cold(lunch). I made it literally in 15 minutes with the odds and ends in the fridge. If you need a super quick dinner this week…give it a try!

Orzo Tuna Nicoise

1. Prepare the orzo. I used about 2 cup uncooked orzo pasta, which turned into enough for entrees for 4 people. Once orzo is cooked, al dente, drain and dump into a large bowl.

2. Add in one can of light flaked tuna, 1/2 cup crumbled feta, 2 chopped hard boiled eggs, 4 cups fresh spinach, 1 large sliced tomato, 2 tbs capers, handful of chopped fresh dill. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil and freshly cracked pepper. Stir to combine. Serve.