Thursday, August 8, 2019

Deconstructed Nicoise Salad and Lettuce Wrap #recipe from Essie Lang, author

This is an ideal lunch idea for a very hot day. I have proof -- the temperature is in the unbearable range and then there's that humidity to top it off. Summer, yeah1

So, I thought about this very, very easy to pull-together salad idea that one of my super pals, Sue Pike, treated us to at a recent annual writers retreat. Now, I didn't exactly follow her path but I find this is a dish that's really a free-for-all. Just add what suits you or what you have hanging around in the fridge.

It started out as a salad idea but I decided, since I had a really lovely live head of Boston lettuce, that I would turn it into a wrap. So, look at my ingredients, and switch them up to what works better in a salad. For example, I used sliced  black olives; whole olives might work for the salad. I also sliced the grape tomatoes in half; whole ones for the other. And the cheese, I used slivers of a delicious 3-year-old cheddar instead of the cute, little, tasty bocconcini I would put in a salad. Also, I left out hard-boiled eggs but they're a must if you go the other route.

One last thought, I think next time I would pre-mix the tuna (out of a can) with some garlic aioli. That does sound good. Also, I forgot to drizzle it all with some extra virgin olive oil. I cannot believe I forgot that!

So, here's what I used to feed one  -- me!

What to Use:

2 large Boston lettuce leaves
4 grape tomatoes
1 tbsp. sliced black olives
4 slivers aged cheddar cheese
4 fresh basil leaves
1 can tuna

What to do:

Place all the ingredients on a serving plate, to allow everyone to construct their own salad, or lettuce wrap.

Enjoy!  Easy, right?

Now, I'd really love to know what you'd add to this salad.

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  1. A clever idea with a lovely presentation.

    1. Thank you, Libby. I'll just add that it's tasty, too.

  2. I love simple and refreshing meals like that! Fine as is, or I
    might add red or green onions. Looks yummy!