French purists rise up in defence of... Salade Nicoise
(AFP) - Add corn and they're scandalised. Shallots are a sacrilege. Green beans and potatoes, unacceptable.
Meet the defence committee for France's Salade Nicoise - possibly the world's most ubiquitous salad dish after Caesar salad - that purists are tired of seeing tossed the "wrong" way.
In a country that loves cooking, but not necessarily change, the group is not only serious but is supported and partly subsidised by Nice city hall.
"When we come back from holidays, we talk about our experiences around France, like the time I was served Salade Nicoise with mayonnaise. I was horrified!" said Ms Renee Graglia, 78, a native of the posh Riviera city where the dish originated.