Tuna Sandwiches, Nicoise Style

"This is a French-inspired tuna salad sandwich, which is an adapted recipe from Sara Moulton. Cook time does not include hard boiling the eggs (you could do that ahead of time)."
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  • .Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the green beans. When the water comes back to a boil, take the green beans out and add to a bowl of ice water. Once they are cooled, drain them, pat dry and chop.
  • Combine the mayo, olives and lemon juice in a food processor and process until just about smooth. Transfer this mixture to a bowl.
  • Drain the tuna and stir it into the mayo mixture. Add the eggs, tomatoes, green beans, dill, and the salt and pepper (to taste) and mix together.
  • Toast the bread slices. Divide the tuna onto 4 slices of the bread, top with lettuce and remaining bread slices.

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  1. Dienia B.
    Oh my goodness loved this one used green olives and just ate it like a salad without the bread great stuff
  2. JackieOhNo!
    I absolutely loved this French inspired tuna salad. I love Nicoise salad and this was a nice variation on it with much less work. I did not add the olives to a food processor as I wanted some of the texture from chopped olives. So I mixed the mayo, lemon juice, and olives in a regular bowl and then proceeded from there. I had some nice rustic grained and seeded bread as a base for my Boston lettuce and tuna salad. I was almost tempted to cook and dice some potatoes, to mimic my favorite Niçoise salad, but I decided to stay true to the recipe. Overall, a most enjoyable bite! Made for Culinary Quest 2021.
  3. Kiwi Kathy
    A lovely satisfying lunch when you feel to inclination to whip up something a little different. I halved the recipe as there was just myself & DH and there was still some left over. I sub'd fresh dill for dried dill but otherwise followed the recipe. Made for Aussie / Kiwi Swap Feb 2014.
  4. Susie D
    Yum! It was a nice change from salad without being tons of work so it was a hit here on a hot day. The flavors of nicoise did come thru & the ingredients paired well with the pita. I'll be making this again! Thank you for sharing the recipe!
  5. Studentchef
    I love this recipe. so refreshing to make as well, when it gets to hot outside to cook, like it did today. I used cherry tomatoes for this sandwhich, and I love the addition of haricot vertes to the recipe.


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