All the classics of a salade Niçoise but with extra vegetables, a tapenade vinaigrette and of course, sustainable smoked mackerel.
Scrub but don't peel the potatoes, placing in a saucepan with cold water to cover. Bring to the boil, simmering with lid partially on, until just done. Some new potatoes take only eight minutes, while Jersey Royals can take around 15 minutes, or even longer. Let them steam-dry in a colander. Slice when cool enough to easily handle. You can do this earlier in the day, or the day before.
Meanwhile, add the eggs to a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring just to the boil then take off the heat, covered, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse and peel under cold running water. Like the potatoes, you can do this ahead of time.
To assemble, grab a platter or two generous plates and start arranging the vegetables and other bits in a way that pleases you. Serve with the tapenade vinaigrette (below), or other favourite vinaigrette.
Add all ingredients to a mixing jug or small bowl and whisk well. I also add in a few grinds of my favourite homemade pepper blend. See below.
You need an empty pepper grinder for this. Add 3 tbsp black peppercorns, 1 rounded teaspoon of coriander seeds and about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cardamom seeds (from cracked open green pods). Shake and use with everything!
The ultimate summer salad, using sustainable British fish, with so many healthy added extras. Feel free to riff on this to your heart's content. :-)
Vegans: I've not forgotten you! Use 150g or so of cooked beans (I love haricot) and lightly mash them. Pour over the a little of the dressing and a squirt of lemon and let sit while the potatoes cook. Use these beans in place of the egg and fish.
Other fish and seafood to try: seared line-caught tuna; best quality line-caught jarred tuna; sustainable cooked prawns; flaked cold-smoked salmon; langoustines; smoked herring (may be a little bony for most people, but it's lovely stuff, as well as cheap and sustainable in the UK).