Today I celebrated a victory in the battle against my fridge. Tonight I will board a plane to Italy and my fridge is empty of everything perishable and almost nothing went into the trash. Literally, I am currently sitting in the airport, drinking a margarita, and I am so completely relaxed because my fridge is empty and my house picked up. That, my friends, is a victory. I worked hard all week on this because I hate to see good food wasted. I’d rather spend my last few hours in America facing my fridge then the endless things I need to remember to, I don’t know, pack for the next two weeks. This is one of those moments when you realize you’re becoming your mother (an NO, since I know my mother reads this, I do not think that is a bad thing).
Not only is this salad fantastic in “salad” form, but you can throw it in a sandwich and it only gets better. You will probably pack it for lunch, but I sat at a kitchen stool and ate it for breakfast. It’s sorta like all my favorite parts of a nicoise salad but in a portable sandwich. Ripe red peppers are so amazing right now and they really are the star here. Grab some from your garden or grocery store and make this soon!
Artichoke and Red Pepper Salad
For the salad:
1-2 large bell peppers or 3-4 smaller peppers, sliced
1 12 oz can artichokes in water, quartered
1 bunch green onions
1-2 Tbsp capers (depending on taste)
3 Tbsp lemon juice
6 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
For the sandwiches:
1 baguette, cut into halves or thirds and cut down the middle
olive oil for drizzling
1 3 oz can tuna in olive oil
2 hard boiled eggs
handful of basil leaves
Special Equipment Needed:None
Mix all ingredients for the salad together in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
For the sandwiches, remove some of the soft bread from the crusty baguette exterior. This will create a cavity for the fillings and make the sandwich easier to assemble and eat. Drizzle both side of the baguette with olive oil. Fill one side with the salad and on the other side layer the basil leaves, sliced eggs and tuna. Assemble the sandwich by mashing both sides together and serve.