Friday, January 29, 2010

Picnic For Two — Salade Nicoise

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

- Omar Khayyam in his 12th century The Rubaiyat
(as translated by Edward Fitzgerald)

This week I'm having a giveaway at The Hut that got me to thinking about what I would pack for a romantic picnic for two. With Valentine's Day just around the corner and Spring not too far behind, I thought this would be perfect to share with my friends at

(click image to see who else is participating this week)

I would start my romantic picnic upon arrival at my beach destination with a baguette and a cheese such as a Camembert or Brie, along with apple and pear slices and a small bunch of grapes.

Next, we would stroll the beach, hand-in-hand as we wait for the sun to begin its descent upon the horizon. Then let the feast begin!

A Salade Nicoise is wonderful picnic fare!

Salade Nicoise

  • 2 Sushi grade tuna fillets
  • 2–4 red or gold potatoes (depending on size)
  • 1 cup of fresh green beans
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 2 small tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 8–12 Nicoise olives
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • About 1/4–1/3 cup of your favorite vinaigrette dressing
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • A nice handful of a baby green lettuce mixture (I prefer a spicy blend)


  1. Sear tuna fillets in an olive oil-sprayed pan on medium-high heat for 2 minutes on each side. Slice fillets thinly and set aside to cool.
  2. Boil potatoes for about 15 minutes (until pierced easily with a fork), cool and cut in quarters.
  3. Steam green beans for approximately 3-5 minutes or until they turn bright green; run under cool water. Pat dry with paper towel.
  4. Place potatoes, beans, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, capers, olives, salt & pepper into large bowl and lightly toss with vinaigrette. Pack in a plastic container with lid.
  5. Pack the tuna, eggs, lettuce and extra dressing separately. I have an assortment of tiny plastic ware that works perfectly for this, but you may use zipper-style bags if you don't.
Serves 2.

When your ready to serve, arrange your salad as in the above photo.

Perrier Jouet is my favorite champagne and the sound of a popping cork on the beach is so romantic! Oh and don't forget to pack the candles!

For dessert? Why feeding each other chocolate-covered strawberries would be just heavenly, don't you think? What happens after that depends on you and your loved one.

Do you love picnics as much as I do? I love them with my family, I love them with my friends, I've even taken my dog, Sheldon on picnics and since he's the only man in my life right now, I better forget the champagne and candles and pack some dog biscuits!

It you haven't signed up for my giveaway, be sure to click on the picture below or the button in my sidebar before you leave, so you'll have a chance to pack your own romantic picnic in this:

Happy Foodie Friday dear ones and thank you Michael for hosting such a lovely event once again!

14 Thoughtful Comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda, that really sounds good! I will be sure and try your recipe. That sunset is awesome, too.

And your giveaway sounds great, too, but you know that I promised Claudie I would give other people a chance since I have been like a Vegas gambler on a winning streak with giveaways. LOL! So I will be good and forfeit my chance. Note to self... don't make promises you don't want to keep! ;-)

Happy Foodie Friday...


Sheila :-)

Sahildeki Ev said...

Wonderful ideas for the Valentinas but first I have to find that beach. It freezing cold here :))

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Lovely beach shot! What would I pack..., I have enough time to think about that, ha!

Happy Weekend!

Signing Out said...

That looks yummy! I'd love to have it for lunch. What a beautiful beach shot, too.


honeysuckle said...

I love that salad. It has everything that I love in it. The poem you posted I have framed in my studio. The giveaway sounds fun and I'll have to enter. Have a great picnic!

Sue said...

It sounds like the perfect picnic to me!


bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

Shellbelle, Tuna Nicoise Salad is one of my favorites. I would love to pack a picnic with that and some cheese, crackers and fruit. A nice cold bottle of bubbly!! I would go anywhere pretty and with my family. It would be so nice.
Hope you have a great weekend

The Muse said...

Hi there!
I am going to TWEET your blog...
Hope that will help with the giveaway!!! :)

I can only hope, dream and wish for a yummy picnic salad at the beach...

Thank you for the per chance to dream!

Anonymous said...

That beach shot is fabulous!

It's funny how I can fix a dish for years, then suddenly forget about it completely. I LOVE Salade Nicoise. Thanks for the reminder! I'll try your recipe... as soon as the snow and ice melt and we can venture outside.

Enjoy your sunny clime!

Kat said...

This looks and sounds delicious Rhonda. But I'll be honest, I think that rocks would taste great with that view! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Kathy

Anonymous said...

Oh Rhonda what a fun post!!!! You had me at baguette and Brie, lol!!! Beautiful photo, and I love the music at the hut!

Sierra said...

Oh wow that looks like such a yummy and also healthy meal to eat - I love tuna, so good!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Your salad captures the essence of your post--just beautiful!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a sunset! Gorgeous!

I love salas nicoise...very filling and tasty!

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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