Spork Foods’ Niçoise Salad
Courtesy of Spork Foods, a 100% vegan and organic cooking school based in West Hollywood and co-founded by sisters Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg
This classic salad gets a lighter twist. Tuna and eggs have been eliminated in favor of tofu and avocado to create a satisfying vegan entrée.
2 heads red leaf or butter lettuce, washed and roughly chopped
4 quarts water for boiling Dash sea salt
4-5 small organic new red potatoes, quartered
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 package baked tofu, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup Niçoise olives
1/2 large avocado, diced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (Cabernet preferred)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, finely diced
4 sprigs fresh thyme, stemmed and chopped
3-5 sprigs fresh oregano, stemmed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons mustard, stone ground or German
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- Place salad greens in a large bowl and set aside.
- For the dressing: In blender or food processor, combine all ingredients. Blend until uniform and creamy. Set aside.
- Using a large (6-quart) pot, bring water and sea salt to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove potatoes from water and place in a bowl.
- Keep water boiling and add a dash more sea salt.
- Add cut green beans and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until they float to top and turn bright green. Drain and submerge green beans in cold water. Drain again and place in a bowl.
- Coat potatoes with about 3 tablespoons dressing, set aside. Coat cooled green beans with about 2 tablespoons dressing, set aside.
- Toss salad greens with remaining dressing until well coated.
- Arrange toppings in bunches, starting with potatoes, then green beans, baked tofu, Niçoise olives, and avocado.
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