Salade Niçoise

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salade nicoise

salade nicoiseSalade Nicoise

It is a southern dish from Nice in the south of France and is now famous all over the world.

The local people will say that the original version of this salad does not contain potatoes although many recipes do include them.

I will go along with the locals, after all, it is their dish and if you have ever been to Nice you will know just how gorgeous this dish is.


Salade Niçoise, Provençal Salad Or Salade Nice

There are many versions of this wonderful Salade Niçoise sometimes called Provençal salad or Salade Nice.

nicoise saladSalade Nicoise Also Known As Provençal Salad
Or Salade Nice

It is a lovely refreshing salad ideal for a starter, a light summer lunch with crispy bread or just as a snack with drinks for entertaining.

vegetable saladA Variety Of Fresh Vegetables Makes This A Perfect Salad

However, there really is no exact recipe.

The ingredients can be varied to availability.

The French housewife will use whatever mediterranean vegetables are in season and plentiful at the time.

For me it just has to include lots of black olives (learn about olives in France) and a light vinaigrette dressing - sheer heaven!


Start With Lettuce Then...

This recipe suggests to start with the heart of a lettuce, which is often the tastiest and sweetest part of the lettuce.

All the vegetables should be fresh and sliced uniformally to suit the rest of the dish.

The goodness of the vegetables full of vitamins and minerals, along with the proteins from the tuna and eggs form a complete nutritious meal.

You can add any vegetable you like that will bring you joy!

Try...

yellow beans

bell or hot peppers

green onions

leaf lettuce

chives

parsley

your favorite herbs

a sprinkling of finely chopped garlic

trade the anchovy fillets for shrimp

Be creative!


salade nicoise with leafy lettuceSalade Nicoise With Leafy Lettuce

Tossing The Salad

Place half the vinaigrette dressing in a shallow bowl and in this toss the lettuce leaves together with the French beans.

Covering the lettuce leaves completely before the other ingredients ensures the salad will have a uniform taste of the dressing.

When all the other items in the salad join the lettuce, then the remaining half of the dressing will be drizzled on top.

Find a simple dressing recipe with many variations at Vinaigrette & Salad Dressings to go with your salade nicoise.


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Salade Niçoise
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4
Author
Judith Coates
Prep time
20 Min
Total time
20 Min
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Salade Niçoise

It is a lovely refreshing salad ideal for a starter, a light summer lunch with crispy bread, or just as a snack with drinks for entertaining.

Ingredients

Sometimes called Provençal Salad or Salade Nice.
  • Vinaigrette Dressing (Dressing recipe here)
  • 1 crisp lettuce heart
  • 1 cup/8oz cooked French beans
  • ½ cup/4oz tuna
  • ¼ cup/2oz small black olives
  • A few stuffed green olives (optional)
  • Thin strips of de-seeded green pepper
  • 8 anchovy fillets
  • A few thin onion rings (optional)
  • 1½ cup/12oz firm tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered

Instructions

  1. Hard boil the eggs ahead of time to give them a chance to cool down. (Warm eggs and lettuce do not go together well. ;-))
  2. Place half the vinaigrette dressing in a shallow bowl and in this toss, the lettuce leaves together with the beans.
  3. Arrange small pieces of the tuna along with the other ingredients, black and green olives, peppers, anchovy fillets, and onions on the top of the lettuce.
  4. Place the tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs on the top around the bowl.
  5. Sprinkle with the remainder of the vinaigrette dressing.
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Notes:

Additional ingredients you might like to try: potatoes (boiled or roasted ahead of time, again to give them a chance to cool.) yellow beans bell or hot peppers green onions leaf lettuce chives parsley your favorite herbs a sprinkling of finely chopped garlic trade the anchovy fillets for shrimp grated black pepper

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