Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hot Weather Sandwiches and a Tabbouleh Salad Inspired by Le Pain Quotidien

Chicken Salad with Date Chutney


Hummus and Tuna Salad Sandwich



Tabbouleh Salad


Egg Salad



The girls and I were in New York City on Monday and found ourselves wandering down Madison Avenue.  We dropped into Le Pain Quotidien for lunch and honestly I didn't want to leave.  We used to live in the city and I would quite often take the girls here for breakfast or lunch. The staff were always SO nice, never seeming the least bit annoyed by the amount of noise, mess or general chaos that ensued. 

We had a wonderful lunch and I was reminded just how fabulous a really good sandwich can taste with a bit of creativity.  It occurred to me on the way home that this was perfect food for this insanely hot weather.  There is no need for the oven to be switched on to produce a mouthwatering feast. 

Here is my homage to Le Pain Quotidien's excellent sandwiches.

Chicken Salad with Date Chutney.

2-3 cooked chicken breasts.  (These can be roasted, poached, grilled or if it's just too hot to contemplate any of that - store bought)
3 sticks of celery, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon of creme frache
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
Juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon of capers
salt and pepper
1/2 tomato (diced) for decoration
A handful of fresh parsley
Pinch of cumin

For the chutney (adapted from La Pain Quotidien Cookery Book)
4 oz of stoned dates
2 oz boiling water
3/4 teaspoon of harissa spice
salt and pepper

To make the Chicken Salad, dice the cooked chicken and place in a bowl.  Add all the other ingredients and stir gently to combine.  Chill in the fridge.

To make the chutney, boil the water and pour over the dates, let rest for 10-15 minutes.  Place all the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.  Chill in the fridge.

To serve, spread some chutney onto a piece of hearty multigrain bread, top it with a serving of chicken salad and garnish with diced tomato and fresh herbs. 


Hummus and Tuna Salad Sandwich

I love this unexpected combination. I actually used a good quality store bought hummus to which I added a little lemon zest, juice, a sprinkle of harrisa spice and a tablespoon of Greek plain yogurt.

For the Tuna Salad

2 cans of best quality tuna fish in water, drained
a couple of capers
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
salt and pepper
2-3 sticks of celery
A squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of lemon zest
Diced tomatoes and chopped herbs to garnish

To make the tuna salad, drain the canned tuna and place in a bowl, add all the other ingredients and chill in the fridge until ready to use.

To serve, spread a good helping of hummus onto a lovely piece of sourdough bread, top with tuna salad, diced tomato and fresh herbs.


I particularly like this egg salad, it's made with olive oil instead of mayonnaise, it's lovely and rich - in a good way!


Egg Salad (adapted from Le Pain Quotidien Cookery Book)
4-6 eggs, boiled, peeled and chopped
2 sticks of celery
4-6 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
Fresh herbs (chopped)
1/2 tomato (diced)

Mix together the olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper.  In another bowl combine the egg and the celery.  Add the olive oil mixture and stir carefully to combine.  Season to taste.  Chill in the fridge.

To serve spread the egg salad onto some wholegrain bread and garnish with herbs and diced tomato.



Tabbouleh Salad

1 1/2 cups of bulgur wheat
Juice and zest of a lemon
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
4-6 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cup (at least) of fresh chopped herbs (mint, parsley, basil, oregano are all wonderful)
A handful of cherry tomatoes
1/2 English cucumber, seeded and finely chopped

Cook the bulgur wheat as instructed on the packet.

Drain and place into a bowl.

Make the dressing by mixing together the mustard, lemon juice and zest,  vinegar, salt and pepper and olive oil.

Pour over the bulgur wheat.  Add the cucumber, tomatoes and herbs. Stir to combine.  Check seasoning and add another squeeze of lemon just before serving.

21 comments:

  1. These are great sandwiches, Mary! I've been craving egg salad for days. I think it's time to make one.

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  2. Peter made me one fine egg salad sandwich for lunch today. As it happens, we are going to Le Pain Quotidien for lunch in about 2 weeks with friends.

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  3. wow those are some fresh and yummy looking salads! I must try to make a tabouleh salad soon!

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  4. this is just beauitufl,, I love this salad,,, thanks so much for your kind words today on my blog,,

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  5. How funny! I was craving egg salad last weekend but couldn't find a recipe that sounded tasty. I'll be trying yours this weekend!

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  6. Way too much good looking food here, Mary! My stomach is growling. I'm going to NY mid next month and can't wait. I absolutely love the city--much better than the city here in LA. :)

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  7. oh my!!! these look so so yummy! Can wait to try them!

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  8. What a lovely and refreshing post!Not to mention how healthy everything is!Thank you for sharing your fresh and yummy ideas!

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  9. Everything looks awesome. I make bulgur/couscous salad sometimes in a similar way, its really refreshing. I didn't realise it was that hot where you are

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  10. haven't had an egg salad sandwich in years.... I think it just might be time. Your's look great...

    Hugs
    shug

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  11. This is some fantastically delicious looking hot weather food here today Mary!!! I am loving it! I will be sure to give some of these a try! xxoo

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  12. Your tabbouleh looks sooooo good! I'm definitely going to try this one. Especially since it reminds me of your chickpea salad and I loved that. :)

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  13. both look unbelievably delicious. I wish I was having them for lunch today! Incredible and light. What a great idea. The egg salad is definitely bringing me back to the old days when my grandmother would make egg or chicken salad like every day!

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  14. Looks way too good to be a chicken salad! Love the tabbouleh, and cold recipes in general. It's hot!

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  15. love these salads and great for hot summer days !Thanks

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  16. Everything looks so good and so fresh! What nice sandwiches, and the restaurant sounds like a great place.

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  17. What lovely sandwiches, Mary. I'm so glad you had a good lunch with your girls. I hope you have an equally wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  18. Gorgeous sandwiches, Mary! I must try that tuna & hummus one... Sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. I want this so bad for lunch today...I showed this to my husband and he said I must make this soon! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe!!!

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  20. Cute version I love salad, I like your sandwches delicious recipes, stunning photos, hugs.

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