I hope you are well faring well with the cold weather and storms if they are affecting you. Maybe this is the perfect time to think about a vacation to a lovely tropical island in the sun. As previously posted there are some wonderful Offers and Specials running in many hotels at this time, so a very good time to jump on them before they expire.
In the meantime, I thought I would share a healthy and hearty version of a Salad Niḉoise from Chef Maurice over at the beautiful Jamaica Inn.
This is so easy to make and so good for you. This classic Niḉoise can be made with just plain white tuna from the can (which is how you usually see it done) or with fresh tuna (grilled or even lightly seared) mahi mahi and salmon. I added in to the menu, a wonderful Salmon Niḉoise at The Caves when I was the manager there and it received great reviews.
This French salad always has certain ingredients that can be interchanged depending on what you have on hand, it can be put together on a bed of lettuce or organic greens (or not), but it always has eggs, olives, green beans, anchovies and a classic vinaigrette. Some restaurants I have been to use red peppers, shallots and artichoke hearts as additions, which is really divine too.
What I love about a Niḉoise is that not only is it good for you, it is filling. So it's a great option for not just lunch but dinner too! We have it on our lunch menu at Jamaica Inn so if you are planning a visit there, do remember to order it, you will not be disappointed.
This is the classic Jamaica Inn version. Chef Maurice used fresh tuna for this wonderful and hearty salad. The fresh tuna is grilled to perfection, no more than four minutes on each side (this is a tuna steak), but it is also marinated before hand. Chef whips up a fab marinade that includes: a clove (or two) of minced garlic, 1 small onion chopped finely, half an escallion chopped, a tablespoon of chopped fresh basil, salt and pepper and evoo (extra virgin olive oil.) Marinate for up to thirty minutes before grilling.
Build the salad starting with organic greens (lettuce, arugula, mixed greens) - one hard boiled egg halved, 6 black olives, 2 small tomatoes quartered, two small Irish potatoes (cooked and quartered), as well as half a cup of cooked green string beans. Place the cooked Tuna steak on top with half a lemon. If you like anchovies, then you can add one anchovy to the top of the tuna.
For the Special Dressing courtesy of Chef Maurice (for one serving):
- Equal parts of EVOO and Rice Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- if you have fresh ginger on hand, a dash of ginger
- Mix or shake in a mason jar.
How is your fitness and health journey for the year so far going? I have gotten back to the gym after a two month hiatus after being ill, and now back on track. As you all know working out is great but we have to take care that the nutrition part of it is adding up to our workouts. All depending on your goals for fitness - whether you are just trying to maintain, build muscle or run a marathon - it all comes back to the "right foods."
If you are someone who is looking to get fit and healthy but not ready to get to the gym, then I have a perfect recommendation for a fab website with over 400 workouts (Pilates, Yoga, low impact cardio, to high, etc. etc.) - at Fitness Blender. There is also a wonderful resource of information on eating healthy and even pages you can download and print to keep you on the right track each day as well as programs they offer for fitness and nutrition.
My goals for this year in terms of fitness (and I will be blogging more about this over the year) is to build muscle (lift more heavier weights and build up slowly!), so I can see the muscle definition form more and more. That for me involves more weight training coupled with a few cardio blasts per week. I am all for it. I love to run and also would love to build up the mileage over time. This means for me in terms of nutrition (and not wanting or needing to lose weight) more protein in my diet from day to day...protein shakes are part of it and there is wealth of information on various products we can use to build muscle through not only working out but by a specific diet. I am looking forward to another year of healthy living, and more yoga too!
This recipe is one of the recipes that I think are just fabulous if you are on a similar path, or just love salads!