Quick Impressive Niçoise
As cooks on the run go, Corran Horn was pretty good. Of course, CorSec had been using him as an undercover detective as well as a security officer, and he'd had to learn a lot to go on these assignments. Knowing how to cook was just part of the training. And he learned that cooking for a woman was a sure-fire way to get her to accept you and open up to you ... in more ways than one!
This recipe was hardly really a recipe ... more like an assembly of things that might be on hand. It's essentially a multi-vegetable salad featuring a fish of some sort. But since he was often on the run, on the lam, or incommunicado, he learned to make do with what he could get. The swank, classic version of this dish featured grilled fish, capers, delicate greens, little boiled potatoes, good oil, etc. In fact, he had learned this from the one woman he missed the most: his grandmother.
So, feel free to substitute the green beans for asparagus, maybe. Or salmon for the tuna. And fresh fish for the canned, or capers for the olives ... it's mighty good, and it impresses women, because it's light, pretty, rather romantic, and very customizable for the object of your interest.
Hey, if a man went through the trouble of constructing this salad for you, you'd think he went through a lot of effort. Would some information or a kiss be considered too high a price for such a salad?
If you need to cook the string beans, do so next. Drain and set aside to cool.
To plate: Pile up the lettuces off to one side of a plate, and arrange the potatoes, string beans and tuna over and around it. Drizzle over the remaining dressing (from the bottom of the potato bowl), and lay the anchovies and capers and/or olives over the tuna.
Makes one substantial dinner serving.
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