We’ve all had one of those days where everything seems to be going wrong. You miss your train to work, you forget your wallet, your computer crashes and then, just to add salt to the wound, your manager won’t stop reminding you of that looming deadline you’ve been dreading. When you finally get home, all you want to do is throw a microwave meal in or order a takeaway.
Don’t do it!
This salad nicoise recipe is the perfect remedy for these times of need. It’s easy to make, FODMAP-free and full of flavour. What’s even better is that most of the ingredients can be kept in your cupboard to be whipped out in case of emergency.
Ingredients: (serves 4)
- 200g green beans
- 4 eggs
- ½ jar sundried tomatoes
- 2 cans of tuna
- A bag of salad leaves
- 12 baby new potatoes
Start by boiling the potatoes in a saucepan as they take the longest (about 15-20 minutes). Then hard-boil your eggs by placing them in a pan, making sure they are fully covered in water. Boil the water and then leave to simmer for 7-8 minutes. When ready, run the eggs under cold water before taking off the shells and cutting the eggs into quarters. Some find the de-shelling process therapeutic, others find it infuriating – keep positive and pick the former!
Next, boil the green beans for about 3 minutes.
Lay out the salad leaves on a large dish. Halve the potatoes and add them and the beans once cooled. Then add the eggs and tuna, making sure the tuna’s been drained if necessary.
Finally, add the sundried tomatoes and decorate with olives. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with lemon juice.
And there you have it – a delicious dish that promises to leave you feeling much better than any microwave meal. You can even take the leftovers in for lunch the next day.