Today, on Women’s Day 2014, I pottered around in the garden and while I was trimming some hedges, I decided that on this perfect spring day (well, it is almost spring and the weather is fabulous) we would have Salade Niçoise for lunch. I remembered the day in the South of France, in a town called Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, where we had this famous French salad as a lunch under an enormous plane tree. The French pronunciation is ni’swaz.
It is traditionally a simple salad composed of tuna, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies and olives, served on a bed of lettuce. I added some avocado and asparagus. Served with crusty bread and a glass of wine, it becomes a feast. You could serve it with the following dressing: Mix 1/3 cup olive oil; 1/3 cup red wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon dijon mustard. Or simply reach for a bottle of good mayonnaise; it is just as delicious as the vinaigrette.