Salmon Nioise Salad

Aired April 12, 2010

Serves Serves 4
1 large shallot, peeled
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon warm water
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence, half a palmful
About 1/3 cup EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus a drizzle
Salt and pepper
For the toppings:
1/2 pound thin green beans, trimmed and blanched
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced or chopped
Nioise olives, for garnish
4 radishes, thinly sliced or quartered
4 filets salmon, skin-off
A few sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 heart romaine lettuce, shredded
1 head endive, thinly sliced
1 head frise, separated

Grate shallot and garlic into a bowl. Add Dijon, Worcestershire, tomato paste and warm water, and whisk. Add vinegar and herbes then stream in about 1/3 cup EVOO while whisking to emulsify dressing. Season with salt and pepper.

Prep your toppings; you can make them at home or buy them at a large salad bar already prepped for you.

Season salmon with salt and pepper and thyme leaves. Heat a drizzle of EVOO in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add salmon and cook 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes more for rare and up to 4 minutes more to cook all the way through. Douse fish with lemon juice and remove from heat.

Combine shredded romaine, endive and frise in a serving bowl. Dress the greens with salad dressing and adjust the salt and pepper to taste.

Arrange dressed greens on plates and top each with a salmon filet, a few green beans, a couple of halved cherry tomatoes, egg, some olives and sliced radishes.

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