French tuna and capsicum salad

    40 minutes

    This colourful salad is full of varied flavours and textures. Chunks of tuna, wedges of new potato, crisp beans and tangy tomatoes make for a quick and easy summery meal. Serve with crusty baguettes.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 400 g new potatoes
    • 50 g fine green beans
    • 2 quail's eggs (optional)
    • 220 g mixed salad leaves
    • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
    • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon tapenade (black olive paste)
    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    • pepper to taste
    • 10–15 radishes, thinly sliced
    • 200 g canned tuna in springwater, drained
    • 100 g cherry tomatoes
    • 1 each of red, yellow and green capsicum, seeded and thinly sliced
    • 8 black olives
    • fresh basil leaves to garnish

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the green beans and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the beans are just cooked. Drain well and set aside to cool.
    2. Place the quail's eggs, if using, into a saucepan with cold water to cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook at a low simmer for 3 minutes. Rinse well in cold water. Peel the eggs carefully and place in cold water.
    3. Toss the salad leaves with the parsley, chives and red onion in a large shallow bowl.
    4. To make the dressing, mix the tapenade with the garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar, and season with pepper. Pour two-thirds of the dressing over the salad leaves and toss well to mix.
    5. Halve the potatoes and arrange them on top of the leaves with the green beans, radishes, tuna, tomatoes, capsicums and olives. Halve the quail's eggs and add them to the salad. Pour over the remaining dressing, garnish with basil leaves and serve.

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