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New Appalachian Salad Niçoise


Caper Vinaigrette

½ cup lemon juice

¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons minced shallot

2 tablespoons fresh herbs, minced (basil and parsley)

1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

2 tablespoons capers, minced

Sea salt

Freshly ground pepper


1 flank steak

1 cup soy sauce

¼ cup sesame oil

3 bulbs minced garlic

¼ cup grated ginger

6 eggs, boiled, peeled, and quartered

1 pound fingerling potatoes, boiled and cut in half

1 pound green beans, blanched and cooled

1 pound heirloom tomatoes, randomly cut

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

8 ounces good olives (Kalamata, Niçoise)

8 cups mixed green


Salad Niçoise is a French salad, but we’ve given it a little bit of a twist, taking advantage of some of our farmer friends’ products and adapting it to our own tastes. It does take time to prepare, but once everything is prepped, it’s easy to throw together. Invite eight or ten of your closest friends, bring out the wine, and have a BIG time! Caper Vinaigrette
  1. Blend all ingredients together and adjust seasoning.
  1. Marinate flank steak in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Let marinate for 8 hours in the
  2. Grill to medium rare or desired temperature.
  3. Rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Slice thinly against the grain.
  4. Arrange remaining ingredients on a large platter, topped with the flank steak and drizzled with caper vinaigrette.
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