Bean Salad with Lemon-Anchovy Dressing

I know I’m strange. I like weird things like fish sauce and smoked salmon and whitefish salad and pickled herring and gefilte fish and all those things that make the majority of the population go Ewwww.  Oh and I can’t forget anchovies.  I’m pretty much sold if a dish has anchovies in it.  Salad Nicoise remains one of my favorite dishes to order.  It stems from my childhood, on nights when my father had to work late and my mom and I created large platters with stacks of seared tuna, green beans, hard boiled egg, olives and anchovies (the latter two are on my dad’s list of despised foods, hence why we made it when he wasn’t around).  If I had a last meal… you know, if we were playing that game where we said what we’d want our last meal to be if we were on death row… that salad would be on the list (along with sushi, cheesecake, linguini with clam sauce, and a warm, freshly baked baguette served with a wedge of triple creme cheese).  I just can’t get enough of the textures, the bright flavors, and the depth that the anchovies bring to the salad.

On the day that I made this dish, I did my very best to save some for dinner.  However, my will power failed me and half the bowl quickly disappeared, which is often the case in these situations.  As wonderful as this is on its own, or would be paired with roasted salmon, I can attest that it works when tossed with pasta, served hot or cold.  No matter what you do with it, though, you can’t go wrong.

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  • JulieDJanuary 29, 2013 - 12:59 am

    Wow, Brian, this is a such a gorgeous salad!! I want this in my life now!ReplyCancel

  • RosaJanuary 29, 2013 - 2:04 am

    A beautiful and healthy salad! Really mouthwatering.

    I love that second picture!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • MeetaJanuary 29, 2013 - 6:18 am

    Love the lightness and simplicity of this salad. It’s something one can whip up on weeknights with a nice steak!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 29, 2013 - 7:44 am

    Anchovies are one of those secret ingredients that never fail to make a dish more delicious (and that most people eat at restaurants without even realizing it!). They add such umami to a dish. Love the sound of this salad! Satisfying in every way.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!January 29, 2013 - 8:11 am

    That’s so funny – Salade Nicoise is on my “Death Row” menu too – made with seared salmon of course, not tinned (although, on other occasions I will happily eat the tinned version too!) Something about the combination of textures and flavours just works for me… And I am also a fan of things that freak other people out – basically anything packed with umami, like Marmite, anchovies or pickled herring. Yum yum yum… Love this salad and am bookmarking it for the summer!ReplyCancel

  • Cookin CanuckJanuary 29, 2013 - 8:42 am

    You and I need to eat fish together. My friends would cringe whenever I opened a can of sardines when I was a kid (come to think of it, my husband and kids now have the same reaction). How I love those fishy flavors, and this salad and dressing looks like a fantastic way to highlight those anchovies.ReplyCancel

  • LirenJanuary 29, 2013 - 9:15 am

    Not strange at all, my friend. I adore fish of all sorts, especially things like pickled herring and anchovies. This salad is calling me for lunch. And I know my ceasar salad loving little boy would love it too.ReplyCancel

  • MonetJanuary 29, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Just glorious. I love anchovies, and I can only imagine how perfectly it pairs with those beans. I wish I had a bowl to take with me to work. What a lunch that would be! Thank you for sharing. This post was a bright way to warm up a my cold Tuesday morning. I hope you have a wonderful week!ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksJanuary 29, 2013 - 10:06 am

    I’m sure there’s room in that bowl for, oh, I dunno, MY ENTIRE LIFE.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Panini HappyJanuary 29, 2013 - 10:21 am

    I’m so with you about the smoked fish – it’s the best! Except gefilte fish, that one I still need to come around on. :-) But all the rest are amazing, especially smoked trout. As it happens I was mulling ideas for what to do with leftover anchovies just last night. I’ve got green beans in the fridge…I think we have a winner! Thanks, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicJanuary 29, 2013 - 10:55 am

    I like a lot of weird things too but I don’t consider myself strange! I think we just really like to eat :)
    The anchovy dressing sounds yummy! Sometimes I like using anchovy paste for dressings, and then adding the anchovy fillets to the actual salad. The more anchovies, the better ;)ReplyCancel

  • ShainaJanuary 29, 2013 - 11:37 am

    Anchovies make everything better, including this salad. Wow.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa | With Style and GraceJanuary 29, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Gorgeous!! I’ve actually never cooked with anchovies before… should probably change that.ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupJanuary 29, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    I never forget anchovies. When handled right even the “ewww’ faced folks don’t even realize they are there. They just recognize that umami “ahhh”. GREGReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    I never cook with anchovies, but I need to start. I’ve grown to love fish sauce, so I’m thinking I could certainly handle anchovies ;)ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    MMMNNNNN!!! I LOVES me some bean salad.

    Frejoles gratis, todavia son frejoles.ReplyCancel

  • AmandaJanuary 29, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • EileenJanuary 29, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    I think I’d have a hard time not making this salad the centerpiece of dinner. Actually, it would be really good as a big scoop in the middle of a plate of greens, wouldn’t it? Total dinner in salad form! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisJanuary 29, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    great looking Brian!ReplyCancel

  • JeanJanuary 29, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    I adore all the foods you mentioned and of all salads, perhaps the Nicoise is my favorite. Everything about your bean salad here is calling my name and I can’t stop looking at your beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)aJanuary 29, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    You used my two favorite beans here, what a lovely salad as we look forward to spring!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJanuary 30, 2013 - 2:11 am

    That is one good looking salad! Love the picture on the green beans on the crate.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJanuary 30, 2013 - 6:37 am

    I like a lot of those things too (especially smoked salmon!). I’ve never tried pickled herring or gefilte fish though. And I haven’t tried anchovies in years, but I bought some the other day, thinking I would see if I liked them. This might be the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJanuary 30, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Love that deep almost nutty flavor anchovies provide—looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesJanuary 30, 2013 - 9:13 am

    What a beautiful salad! I guess if I took out the anchovies, it wouldn’t be quite the same, huh? ;)ReplyCancel

  • SweetSugarbelleJanuary 30, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    I wondered what you would do with those anchovies! I love it! I’m definitely a fan of this poor misunderstood fishie!ReplyCancel

  • TidyMomJanuary 31, 2013 - 7:52 am

    i don’t even like anchovies and these pictures make me want to try this Brian! LOOOOOVE that shot on the trunk!ReplyCancel

  • naomiJanuary 31, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    okay, your love for all things “eww”, I’m there with you. my family hates it. but guess what? now I can just come to your house for all that, right?ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteFebruary 1, 2013 - 7:23 am

    I love anchovies so this is right up my alley – love all the fresh bright flavors in this salad!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Stone | Add a PinchFebruary 2, 2013 - 10:22 am

    This is an absolutely beautiful bean salad. So bright and gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Russell van KraayenburgFebruary 4, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Have I ever told you how obsessed I am with green beans? Yum!ReplyCancel

  • a farmer in the dellFebruary 4, 2013 - 8:12 pm

    I love anchovies! This is such a gorgeous salad. Sounds really refreshing for such a dark and dreary time of year. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with this meal!ReplyCancel

  • Arthur in the Garden!February 6, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Wonderful photography!ReplyCancel

  • Arthur B RaleighFebruary 6, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Wonderful!ReplyCancel

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