The south of France offers some culinary masterpieces at any time of the year. From Toulouse to Marseille, Montpellier or Narbonne, now that summer is upon us, it's time to give your palate a whim in any of these destinations. On this occasion, we are going to talk to you about 5 gastronomic specialties from this typical summer region that will make your mouth water. Would you like to try them? Then, all you have to do is board our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains and prepare your stomach for a huge feast.

Now, it's time for holidays! If you're planning to go to the south of France, you can't leave without trying these 5 wonderful summer dishes.    

1. Salade niçoise or Salada Nissarda

A fresh, nutritious and healthy dish 

In summer, fresh dishes are popular to compensate for the high temperatures. That's why this salad, which comes from Nice, is so successful, even though it is present all over the Côte d'Azur. It consists of a series of local fresh vegetables such as tomato, peppers, onion and cucumber, although it also contains hard-boiled eggs and tuna. Anchovies and pickles like capers can be the finishing touch. The dressing is provided by olive oil and basil.

2. Tian

The recipe varies by area, but the taste is just as delicious

Tian is a delicious Provencal recipe consisting of a vegetable gratin. Its ingredients include eggplant, zucchini, tomato or spinach. Later, a layer is added formed by cheese, liquid cream and Provencal herbs. All that is left is to put it in the oven and wait for it to be gratinated and ready to eat. It is served warm and accompanied by a rosé wine.

3. Pissaladière

Modern times have changed the aesthetics of the pissaladière from the more traditional cake to the modern pizza

Another of the summer delicacies of southern France and, in particular, of the Côte d'Azur is the pissaladière. It is a kind of cake that resembles a pizza quite closely, except for the fact that it does not contain tomatoes. Instead, a paste is prepared from sardines and anchovies, onions and various aromatic herbs. The dish is decorated with strategically placed black olives.

4. Gardianne de taureau

If you like strong tasting meats, don't miss this iconic stew. For its preparation, the meat is cut into cubes, and red wine, vegetables and aromatic herbs are mixed for the sauce. Most of the time, the gardianne de taureau is accompanied by a little white rice to give the finishing touch to this 5-star dish.

5. Petits Farcis

The Petits Farcis, stuffed vegetables that are eaten warm or even cold, are a dish not to be missed if you are travelling through the French Provence. They are usually made of zucchini or peppers. As for the filling, it can be minced meat or fish. Another option is to put it to grill in the oven.

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