Dinner for a Warm Friday Night

We used to frequent a little French bistro that was down the street from our old apartment in Manhattan. Their house salad was a delicious combination of fresh lettuce greens, green beans, red potato and a few other things I can no longer remember. Since then, I've recreated this salad dozens of times at home, adding odds and ends on hand, but always making it with mixed greens, green beans and new potatoes. Here is today’s version:


4 cups mixed greens, rinsed and dried

4 small new potatoes, boiled, cooled and diced

½ lb. green beans, ends snipped, and then blanched (dip beans into boiling pot of water for 30 sec, then plunge into ice bath to cool)

1 can tuna packed in olive oil  


1 T olive oil

½ t Dijon mustard

½ t red wine vinegar

1 small shallot, minced

Salt and pepper

Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a cup, or add to a small jar, cover and shake. Combine all of the salad ingredients and then toss to coat with dressing. This is a perfect dinner for two on a warm day.