My Provençal Salad the Tastes of Eating Local in Provence
Recently, we were at the local pizza place in our village, and they offered (sadly for a short time only) a Salade des Alpilles. Arranged on the top of a bed of fresh mixed lettuces, there was an olive tapenade on small toasts, tomatoes, apricots, grapes and walnuts. It was a delicious sample of the terrior in each mouthful. This recipe from Chef Anne Challier for My Provençal Salad, is a similar idea to the one above. She combines ripe melon from Cavaillon, black olive tapenade, homemade pesto and fresh tomatoes in a dish that produces a taste of Provence in every bite.
Anne Challier and her twin sister Véronique (Vero) are a team who offer culinary services in the comfort of your home. Anne’s time with an apron runs deep, she attended a cooking school at École Hôtelière d’Avignon and then worked in a well respected French restaurant in the Alpilles. In 2009, the two sisters decided to combine their skills and warm personalities to offer homemade and healthy food for their clients. They launched Un air de famille, cuisine et service à domicile (details below).
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My Provençal Salad
This salad plate is a cross between carpaccio and salad. Prepare the tapenade and pesto in advance. Shop for the fresh melon, lettuce leaves and tomatoes at the market in the morning and then plate the ingredients in time for lunch.
The tapenade and pesto can be made in advance, so all you have to do is cut the melon, tomatoes and plate the salad.
Bonus tip: you can make tapenade rolls by spreading the tapenade on puff pastry. Roll into a long cylinder shape (like a rolling pin). Cut into slices and bake in hot oven (200°C - 400°F) for about 10 minutes.