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Fish and Shellfish, Healthy Eating, Salads

White anchovy salad

White anchovy salad
Los Angeles Times

When a friend invited us to dinner recently, he apologized, by saying it would be only grilled salmon or Italian sausages and "a big salad." With his wife out of town, he said, he was wrangling two young kids and ... Read more

Total time: About 45 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon coarse mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons large capers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 8 small fingerling, Yukon gold or Red Bliss potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/4 pound French green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup pitted Nicoise olives
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 piquillo or roasted red peppers, drained and julienned
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs, shelled and cut lengthwise into quarters
  • 8 grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 16 white anchovies, drained (add more if you like)

Step 1Combine the mustard and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk to blend. Whisk in the olive oil until smooth, then the mayonnaise. Stir in the capers and chives and set aside.

Step 2Combine the potatoes and salt in a medium pot and add cold water to cover. Bring it to a boil and cook until the potatoes are easily pierced with a knife, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon to a colander to drain.

Step 3Add the green beans to the water and cook until just tender, about 2 to 4 minutes. Drain well.

Step 4While the potatoes are still warm, cut them lengthwise into quarters. In a bowl, combine the potatoes with the olives. Add half the dressing and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange in the center of a platter.

Step 5Toss the green beans with more of the dressing in the same bowl. Add the peppers, season with salt and pepper and toss to mix. Arrange along one side of the potatoes.

Step 6Arrange the eggs and tomatoes on either side of the other vegetables. Drape the anchovies decoratively over the potatoes and beans and serve with the remaining dressing on the side.

Note: White anchovies can be found at Nicole's in South Pasadena and at Santa Monica Seafood, select Whole Foods Market, and gourmet shops.

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