The rest of this recipe includes the usual nicoise ingredients: green beans, baby potatoes, hard boiled egg…and in my version, capers instead of olives. This is purely because I hate olives, and I’m sure I am breaking many many nicoise rules by leaving out the olives (for all I know, nicoise actually MEANS olive) and if you are an olive lover you should feel totally empowered to use olives instead of capers.
And then there is the pasta. I used a nice short curly pasta, but any short pasta (ziti, penne, etc) will work just fine. You’ll make a lovely sauce out of the tuna oil and some mustard and vinegar and toss it all up with a little pasta water and the nicoise ingredients, and it will be light and lovely and delicious. I like to serve this one warm to room temperature.
I’ll give in to the siren song of the bacon very soon, I’m sure, but in the meantime I’m going to keep on looking for salads to pasta-fy!