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Meatless Monday with Vegan Niçoise-Style Salad

Welcome to the Miratel blog and to our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment

Even though there is still a definite chill in the air, we know we are well on our way to warmer weather. The sun is shining and it’s reminding us that summer is on the horizon and we will soon be able to shed our clothing layers and soak up some vitamin D. Salads are a natural go-to when you think of eating lighter but there is no reason why they can’t be satisfying as demonstrated by today’s Vegan Niçoise-Style Salad. According to the chef of this great recipe, “Salade Niçoise is a beautifully composed salad of French origin that looks fancy but is incredibly easy to make. The traditional version is often made with tuna, but here the fish is replaced with baked tofu, which makes a great stand-in. And the array of ingredients—white beans or chickpeas, slender green beans, tomatoes, and olives—makes it a splendid main dish salad for a summer meal, either on busy weeknights or festive occasions.” This delicious recipe is from the book Plant Power by Nava Atlas via Epicurious (a non-vegan site with some great vegan recipes).

VEGAN NIÇOISE-STYLE SALAD

INGREDIENTS (serves 4-6)

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup extra- virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup white or red wine vinegar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon natural granulated sugar or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend

For the salad:

  • 8 to 10 ounces fresh slender green beans, trimmed (see Note)
  • 1 large head Boston or Bibb lettuce, torn, or mixed baby greens
  • Sliced fresh basil or chopped fresh parsley to taste
  • One 8-ounce package baked tofu, diced, 1 recipe Homemade Baked Tofu, or 8 ounces combined baked tofu and dense herbed tofu (see Note)
  • 1 heaping cup whole fresh grape or cherry tomatoes or diced ripe fresh tomatoes
  • One (15- to 16-ounce) can cannellini or chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Pitted green or black olives, or a combination, to taste
  • Marinated artichoke hearts to taste (optional)
  • Sliced red onion to taste (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. Make the vinaigrette:
  2. Combine all ingredients in a tightly lidded bottle and shake thoroughly. Shake well before each use.

For the salad:

  1. Steam the green beans just until bright green and tender-crisp. Err on the side of undercooking rather than overcooking. Drain and rinse with cool water until they’re at room temperature.
  2. On a large serving platter or large shallow serving bowl, arrange the lettuce or greens. Scatter the basil or parsley over it. Arrange the green beans, tofu, tomatoes, beans, olives, and artichoke hearts, if desired, in separate mounds over the lettuce or greens. Top everything with a few thinly sliced rings of red onion if you like.
  3. Drizzle a little vinaigrette over the salad, then serve at once, passing the remainder of the vinaigrette at the table.

Notes:

  • If fresh slender green beans are unavailable, use organic frozen whole green beans, thawed and steamed just until tender-crisp.
  • Some natural foods markets carry a type of tofu that’s very dense (with a texture similar to that of a very dry feta cheese) and prepared with herbs. Unlike tub tofu, it doesn’t need to be drained and pressed. Try it for a change of pace!

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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