I don't have a lot of time on my one day off from the 3-star restaurant I cook at to make fancy meals and I find myself craving simple dishes that are healthy. I love chaucterie for lunch. Thinly sliced cured meats, small cornichon pickles, paté, a selection of cheese served with a big basket of sliced baguette and butter. To me, the chaucterie assiette is very French and I often order it at bistros – when I have time to go to bistros – oh la vache!
I experimented with different smoked salmons (white from Bretagne and pink from Ireland), procuitto ham, coppa, and comté fromage. The salad is just plain ol' salad with a basamic vinagrette (1 T vinegar, 3 T olive oil) with diced veggies I found in the fridge. C'est facile, non?
For another variation try it as an appetizer served on little blinis. I made variations with goat cheese, comté cheese, blue cheese, cured meats, smoked salmon, figs, and veggies. Really beautiful, colorful, and simple.