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Asparagus and Tuna Salad

GoodFood Magazine suggests giving “a classic Nicoise salad a British twist by swapping green beans for tender new-season asparagus,” and we’re glad to report that the suggestion is a sound one! Using dry mustard in the dressing rather than Dijon further confirms the British nature of this delicious wholemeal salad, so we won’t say ‘Bon apetit’ but instead ‘Eat well!’

Asparagus and Tuna Salad

8 baby new potatoes
2 eggs
8-10 asparagus spears, woody ends removed
6 oz. can tuna, drained and flaked into very large chunks
small handful small black olives, halved
1 head romaine lettuce, leaves torn into chunks
crusty bread, to serve

For the dressing

1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
2 tbs. white wine vinegar
1 tbs. olive oil, or use the oil from the tuna can (if bought in oil)
pinch of sugar

Boil the potatoes for 8-12 minutes until tender. Drain, cool a little under cold running water, then drain again well and set aside to finish cooling.

Put the eggs in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. As soon as the water is boiling, add the asparagus for 2 minutes. Drain well and rinse everything under cold water to cool. Again drain asparagus well.

Once cool enough to handle, peel the eggs and halve or quarter. Whisk the dressing ingredients with 1 tbs. water and some salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Tip the potatoes, asparagus, tuna, olives, and lettuce into a bowl. Drizzle over the dressing and toss well to coat, then add the eggs and serve with crusty bread. Serves two, but is easily doubled or trebled as needs dictate.

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