Nicoise salads are one of my favorite things to make during the summer (or during a very hot spring like we’re having) when I feel like something light, healthy, and easy for lunch or dinner. I usually make mine with traditional packed tuna (good quality tuna, either Italian or Spanish) but decided to switch things up the other day and used salmon, which was just as good. I seared the salmon in a hot pan before roasting it for a few minutes which makes it crispy and delicious, but simply baking or poaching it would be good as well. I learned the salmon making trick from Ina’s Salmon and Lentils recipe – try it, I promise you’ll be glad you did.
I followed this recipe for the salad, omitting the radishes since I didn’t have any, and am planning to make it again this weekend for a bbq we’re having. Let me know if you try making a Nicoise, or if you have a different recipe I should check out. Have a good day!
I love roast chicken, and it’s become a bit of a tradition in our house to make it on Sunday nights. After trying quite a few recipes (and a fair amount of trial and error) I can confidently say that the very best, easiest roast chicken recipe out there is Ina Garten’s aptly named Perfect Roast Chicken. The instructions are so easy to follow and the chicken really does come out perfect every time; juicy with crispy skin and a really delicious subtle garlic and lemon flavor.
I follow Ina’s recipe pretty much to a T, except that I add rosemary in addition to the thyme, and I use less veggies than she recommends since I find that they tend to get crowded and steam a bit more than they roast. Justin and I have been eating the chicken recently with this really amazing Lebanese dip that we get at the market which is insanely garlicky (we probably stink to be honest but it’s so worth it. Here’s a link to a recipe if you can’t find it at your grocery store) but amazing, or with a jus made from the pan drippings.
Get Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken recipe here.
I never really believed it when people would say that making your own granola is a thousand times better than anything you can buy in the store since what I can get at Whole Foods is pretty darn good, but I’m now officially a granola making convert. I was inspired to make my own granola after eating the delicious version they make at the Belmond (they replied to my instagram photo with their ‘secret’ ingredients if you want to give their version a try!) so I did a little internet research and ended up discovering this recipe which I mostly followed, changing up the ratios a tiny bit.
This granola is full of healthy ingredients and good fats, is naturally sweetened, and will keep you full and happy all morning and into the afternoon. Make this after work today and you’ll have a great breakfast and a tasty little snack to nibble on for the rest of the week.
Super Simple and Healthy Granola Recipe:
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats, 2 cups raw nuts and/or seeds (I used a mixture of walnuts, sliced almonds and flax seeds), 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup (and a little squeeze of honey if you’d like), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2/3 cup of dried fruit (I used apple juice sweetened cranberries)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit; line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine oats, nuts, coconut, seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to blend.
2. Pour the oil, syrup and vanilla into the bowl and mix very well until everything is fully coated. Pour the granola in a single layer onto the pan, and bake for 24 minutes, stirring halfway.
3. Once the granola mixture is cool, stir in the dried fruit. Try not to eat the entire thing at once.