The other day I was sent some vinegar and mustard products by Maille. I love Maille mustards and use them a lot, but I didn’t realise Maille had a range of vinegars as well. In this bottle was a blend of vinegar and fig purée which instantly made me think Mediterranean sunshine. Looking on the Maille website I found that they actually have an extensive range of different vinegars which are blended with things like citrus, wines, honey and nuts, fruit and vegetables and fruits and berries. As well as vinegars they also have oils, pickles and salad dressings which I will have to look out for.
Also in the package were two different types of mustard, mustard with white wine, lemon and garlic and mustard with white wine and basil. RRP £4.95. The mustard with white wine and basil was the perfect accompaniment for my Sunday roast beef, the basil made it taste that little bit more special. I wanted to create something using all the Maille ingredients and a salad with a vinaigrette dressing sprung to mind.
I created the dressing using the Maille fig vinegar and the mustard with garlic and lemon. It had a lovely sweet taste that needed something savoury to complement it. I came up with a green bean, bacon and egg salad, which is loosely based on a Salade Niçoise.
The sweet vinaigrette dressing complimented the salad perfectly. You could also add some tomatoes and olives if you wanted to make more of a meal of it. I served it on the side with a pasta bake and it was really lovely. It was also easy to make. You do need to leave a little time for the eggs and beans to cool so it is best made ahead of time.
Tomatoes and olives could also be added if desired.