The traditional version of Nice's classic salad uses no lettuce, no cooked vegetables, no vinegar. And remember that the Niçois would never dream of making their salad with fresh tuna: This is a dish based on preserved fish.
This traditional version of Nice's classic salad follows all the rules: no lettuce, no cooked vegetables, no vinegar, and no fresh fish.
Yield: serves 4
4 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
8 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
3 (4-oz.) cans oil-packed top-quality tuna, well drained
4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and quartered
4 fresh chives, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 cup niçoise olives
Extra-virgin olive oil, preferably French
Divide tomatoes, bell peppers, radishes, tuna, and eggs equally among four plates, arranging them attractively, working from the outside in.
Garnish each plate with 2 anchovy filets. Sprinkle with chives and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scatter olives evenly over the salads and drizzle with olive oil just before serving.