Made a Salad Niçoise in celebration of Julia Child’s 100th birthday.
This is easy to make…a great summertime salad. Though it’s easy, you do need just a bit of time to make it. Namely, you need hard-boiled eggs, cooked potatoes and cooked green beans at the ready. The only way you can put this together in fifteen minutes is if the ingredients I mentioned are done ahead of time. But, this salad can be put together in under an hour.
Ingredients for Julia Child’s Salad Niçoise are below: Directions can be found HERE.
- 1 head of Boston Lettuce, large, washed and dried (I used romaine lettuce)
- 2 to 3 Tbs virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed, blanched, refreshed in cold water, and dried
- 2/3 to 1 cup salad dressing, such as the Oil and Lemon Dressing
- 3 or 4 fine ripe red tomatoes, peeled, if you wish, and cored, quartered and seasoned before serving
- 8 to 10 ounces oil-packed tuna, drained and flaked
- 1 quart of French Potato salad
- 8 hard-boiled eggs, halved lengthwise
- 1 can flat anchovy filets packed in oil, opened and drained just before serving
- 1/2 cup black Niçoise-type olives (I used mission olives)
- 3 or 4 Tbs. capers
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
Ingredients for Julia Child’s Oil and Lemon Dressing are below: Directions can be found HERE.
- 2 strips of fresh lemon peel, 1 by 2 ½ inches each
- 1/4 tsp. salt, plus more, if needed
- 1/2 Tbs. Dijon-type prepared mustard
- 1 to 2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup fine fresh oil
- Freshly ground pepper
Ingredients for Julia Child’s French Potato Salad are below: Directions can be found HERE.
- 1 1/2 pounds “boiling” potatoes, all the same size and shape if possible
- 1 to 1 1/2 tsp per quart of water
- 2 Tbs shallots or scallions, finely minced
- White pepper, freshly ground
- 1/4 cup chicken stock (or potato-cooking water)
- 1 1/2 Tbs wine vinegar
- 2 to 3 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 to 3 Tbs light olive oil, optional
Julia Child is a household word to many. On 8/15/12, Julia Child would have been 100 years young. Julia Child was loved by many. She showed us how to cook fearlessly. Julia had a passion for cooking and a passion of imparting her culinary knowledge to others. This passion translated to an ease and enjoyment of cooking which she shared with many through public television.
PBS Food is celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday with an invitation to all in helping honor the legacy of the chef who inspired a nation to be fearless in the kitchen:
~ cook one of Julia Child’s recipes between August 5 – 15
~ watch episodes of her classic shows
~ read tributes from celebrity chefs
~ leave a tribute
~ and more…
PBS Food wants to see our Julia-inspired dishes. They ask that you post your photos on their Facebook page. They ask that when referencing their Julia Child 100th Birthday Celebration, to please link to pbs.org/JuliaChild and use the hashtag #CookForJulia.
You can also grab one of PBS Food’s I <3 Julia banners to share on the web!
1) In 1963, The French Chef was the first cooking show on PBS. Julia had new cooking shows air over the next five decades.
2) Julia has a rose named after her that she chose herself. It is butter colored.
3) Julia was the first educational television personality to receive an emmy.
4) Julia was 6’2” and played basketball at Smith College in Massachusetts.
5) Julia donated her Cambridge home to Smith College and her kitchen to the Smithsonian Institute.
6) While filming the Baking with Julia series, she used 753 pounds of butter.
7) In 2003, Julia was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush.
8) Julia’s childhood nicknames were Juke, Juju and Jukies.
9) Julia wore a size 12 shoe.
10) She was nominated for eight emmys and won three of them.
11) Julia was a breast cancer survivor.
12) Julia passed away two days before her 92nd birthday.
A cookbook is only as good as its poorest recipe ~ Julia Child
Credit: The New York Times Obituary of Julia Child, Esquire (June 2000 edition)
I also made Lemon Madeleines to celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday. Story on my WordPress dessert blog, Baking is my Zen.
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