(picture is my salad from last night!)
About one month ago I discovered the delightful Melissa D’Arabian’s Facebook Live, “It’s Tuesday Night Somewhere,” airing every Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. Eastern time (1 p.m. Pacific time). Ms. D’Arabian is in her California kitchen putting together her family’s Tuesday night supper – Melissa was our favorite when she won season five of “The Next Food Network Star”. Her presence on Facebook is big and she is very interactive with her fans and followers. And, when someone “famous” is approachable? You can’t help but like her. Her food is good too. She made this no-cook salad this past Tuesday and yesterday I made it. It was easy to fix and delicious to eat. You can find her original recipe here on her website, www.melissadarabian.net, at this link. The following is the recipe I made last night (her’s with a few tweaks because I didn’t have what she called for in the original):
- 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes (I used two small tomatoes cut in chunks.)
- good salt and pepper
- 1-15 oz can Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained.
- 1-12 oz tuna packed in oil (I used tuna packed in water; Melissa says the oil-packed has more flavor)
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced or chopped – your preference
- 1/4 cup sliced pitted Kalamata olives (I used capers.)
- 1/2 of a long slightly stale baguette, cut into cubes (I used a gluten free bagle.)
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 T Balsamic Vinegar
- 3 T olive oil
- 2 T roughly chopped fresh basil OR oregano (I used 3/4 tsp of dried French tarragon because that is what she used on the Facebook Live)
- In medium serving bowl, add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Let sit for 10 minutes, then add the beans, tuna, shallots, and olives. Combine gently.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, herbs, vinegar, salt and pepper. Now, drizzle the oil in as you whisk to blend.
- Prepare a platter or a bowl by covering the bottom with fresh raw spinach or your choice of lettuce (I used rough-chopped baby romaine), now lay the salad over the greens.
- Right before serving, drizzle on the dressing.
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John verse 2
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