Easy lunch-time recipe for a Tuna Nicoise Salad

1/4 cucumber
1/4 lemon – zest & juice
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 egg (from your pantry)
70g green beans – trim ends
1/8 red onion – peel & dice very finely
1/2 clove garlic – peel, grate finely & chop
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp capers – chop roughly
1/2 head lettuce – slice into strips (1cm)
50g cherry tomatoes – cut into quarters
40g tuna – tear into strips
20g black olives – drain
olive oil (from your pantry)
salt & pepper (from your pantry)

How to
Preparation: Boil the kettle. Prepare all ingredients as indicated above.

Cucumber: Cut the ends off the cucumber, then cut in half lengthways and use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds. Then slice into rings (½ cm thick) and cut the rings into quarters.

Lemon: Using the fine side of a box grate, grate the peel to create zest, then cut in half and juice.

Sunflower seeds: Place a pan on high heat and dry toast for 2-3 minutes until browned. Toss often to make sure they don’t burn.

Egg: Place a pot on medium-high heat and add the boiling water with a little salt. Bring the water to a simmer (gentle boil), add the egg and cook for 6½ minutes for a soft-boiled egg. Run under cold water, peel, cut into quarters and set aside. The white should be set, and the yolk (yellow) should be runny.

Green beans: Boil the kettle. Place a pot on medium-high heat, add the green beans with enough boiling water to cover by 2cm, a pinch of salt and blanch for 3-4 minutes until bright green and cooked, but with a slight bite.

Mustard caper dressing: Mix together the red onion, garlic, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, capers, HALF the lemon juice and ALL the zest, then whisk in the olive oil (½ tbsp). Add some water (½ tbsp) to loosen.

Serve by assembling the lettuce, cucumber, green beans, tomatoes, egg, toasted seeds and olives. Drizzle the REST of the lemon juice over the tuna with a good crack of black pepper and add to the salad. Drizzle over the dressing, then mix together to coat everything in dressing.

Recipe courtesy of Daily Dish– a weekly service that delivers exact quantities of all the fresh ingredients you need to make four delicious homemade meals. Each dish takes only 30 minutes from start to finish. See what’s on the Daily Dish menu this week.

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