There are many versions of this wonderful Salade Niçoise sometimes called Provençal salad or Salade Nice. It is a southern dish from Nice in the south of France and is now famous all over the world.
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 and a light vinaigrette dressing - sheer heaven! 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.
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.