Nicoise Toast is an easy snack where the toasted sourdough bread is lusciously layered with creamy mayo, can tuna, vibrant green herbs, tomato, and delectable Kalamata Olives. This quick recipe uses basic pantry staple ingredients you probably already have at home. Once you try this flavorsome appetizer recipe, you will want to have it every time your hunger pangs kick in!
Hello my friends! Today I’m sharing my vibrant and delectable Nicoise Toast recipe that draws its inspiration from the French Nicoise Salad and other Mediterranean cuisines. I gave this dish a taste twist by using Greek ingredients.
Recently, I stepped up making recipes from the ingredients that I already have in my pantry. My goal is to use all the old ingredients or half-empty jars, and create recipes based on those ingredients. Also, that means fewer trips to the supermarket and “No Jars Left Behind”.
The key ingredient of this drool-worthy appetizer is the Kalamata Olives. The interesting bit about these olives is their exquisite flavor and texture that uplifts the nicoise toast to an all-new level of taste satisfaction. I will give you all the details of the kalamata olives, but first, allow me to acquaint you with the nicoise toast recipe.
How to make Nicoise Toast
Let’s begin with prepping all the layers that go on top of the crispy sourdough toast. The bread toasting will happen right at the end. After all, the pure joy of hearing the crunch when taking a bite of the gorgeous Nicoise Toast with Kalamata Olives is a must!
1. Mayonnaise Mixture: Take some mayo in a bowl; add 2 finely grated garlic cloves, sherry or red wine vinegar, season with smoked paprika & Greek salt. Give it a nice mix.
2. Tomato Salad: Toss some thinly sliced shallot and sliced tomato with a pinch of sugar, Pure Greek Sea Salt and a spoonful of lemon juice.
3. Boiled Eggs: Get that perfect boiled egg by cooking the raw eggs in boiling water for 8 minutes and immediately transferring them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. After that, peel off the shell and cut into thick slices. For best results, use my favorite tool, the Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker.
4. Kalamata Olives: Tear/cut the kalamata olives into halves. If you use whole kalamata olives, you'll have to remove the flesh from the pits. But today we are using pitted kalamata olives.
5. Canned Tuna: Open the can and drain the extra water or olive oil. Then brake it into chunks.
Once prepping is complete, toast the bread slices until crisp! Then move them to a plate to begin assembling the layers.
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Start with spreading a generous amount of the creamy smoked paprika mayonnaise mixture on the sourdough bread toast. Next, scatter the tomato salad and tuna. Gently place the boiled egg slices on the salad and then the kalamata olives. Garnish with some fresh micro cilantro sprigs or tarragon herb. Finish off with a drizzle of Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil PDO Sitia Crete, and Greek Sea Salt. Finally, why not assemble and serve your toast on a wooden serving board for a beautiful presentation.
What are Kalamata Olives?
Kalamata Olives are a delectable pickled olive that can enhance innumerable dishes with its flavor as well as health benefits.
Kalamata is a place situated in the Southern part of Peloponnese, Greece. The plump, intense purple-colored large-sized olive that grows in the city of Kalamata earned its name as Kalamata Olives. Shaped like an almond, this olive has a smooth skin and fleshy texture.
Ripe Kalamata olives are soaked in Greek extra virgin olive oil and vinegar which is seasoned with salt, to prepare the Kalamata Olives.
Health Benefits of Kalamata Olives
- Kalamata olives are fibrous fruits loaded with Iron, Calcium and Vitamin A.
- The mono-unsaturated fats in both Greek olives and Greek olive oil help keep the heart healthy.
This weekend, enjoy Nicoise Toast with Kalamata Olives as your Sunday breakfast. This simple recipe can also work for brunch, as well as a light dinner. Savor the rest of your Kalamata Olives with Penne, or make Fresh Stuffed Squash Blossoms. Chicken topped with Kalamata Olive Sauce tastes yummy too. For an everyday treat, you may zing up your tapenade or tortilla stuffing with it.
More Easy Pantry Staple Recipes:
- Greek Green Olive Crostini
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Easy Grain-Free Granola with Nuts, Seeds & Coconut
- Summer Antipasto Salad in a Jar
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Have a safe & healthy week!
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