This salad is a clever vegan take on surf and turf: The nori is the surf, the potatoes and green beans, the turf. The nori “tartare,” which is adapted from Clotilde Dusoulier’s book The French Market Cookbook, is also delicious as a dip for crackers.
3/4 cup shredded nori (8 grams)
1 cup cold water
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon drained capers
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon walnut oil
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes, halved or quartered if large
3/4 pound haricots verts, cut into 1-inch lengths
1 Hass avocado, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
How to Make It
In a medium bowl, cover the nori with the cold water and let stand for 30 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve to drain, lightly pressing to remove excess water.
Meanwhile, in a mini food processor, combine the garlic, shallot and lemon juice and let stand for 15 minutes. Add the nori, capers, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the walnut oil and pulse to a fine paste. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the “tartare” to a jar and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
In a steamer basket set over 2 inches of boiling water, steam the potatoes until tender, 12 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Add the haricots verts to the steamer and steam until crisp-tender, 5 minutes. Add the beans to the potatoes, then fold in the nori “tartare” and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the salad with salt and pepper. Gently fold in the avocado and serve warm.
The “tartare” can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before using.
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