Classic French Salade Niçoise
When the weather gets warm, an entree salad like Dorie Greenspan’s Classic French Salade Niçoise is both easy and delicious! Just make sure to have some canned tuna, anchovies, capers and olives on hand and you can whip up this fabulous French-inspired salad.
Classic French Salade Niçoise
When we toured France last summer, I ate a Salade Niçoise at every port…and they were all different save for the inclusion of tuna, haricot verts, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, and potatoes.
I fell for each and every version. I have even made a modern version, as Dorie called it, a Salade Nicoise with ahi tuna. Scrumptious as well. There are numerous ways to tweak this classic French salad, from the dressing to what ingredients you choose to feature.
Dorie’s Salade Niçoise Interpretation
Life has been chaotic, and I’m back in Denver again to visit my parents. I’m hoping by the time this post goes live, that my dad will be out of the hospital. So having a quick old favorite recipe to prepare this week was truly a blessing.
And Dorie did this one right. Besides the aforementioned ingredients, her salad contained tomatoes, capers, and anchovies. As a child who used to eat chicken bouillon cubes, all these salty ingredients hit home. Pure comfort. A drizzle of a perfectly proportioned Dijon vinaigrette finished this vibrant masterpiece off.
Easily Adaptable French Salad
For those of you keeping track, I think Bill would eat this classic French salad Niçoise. There would be a little pile of anchovies, capers, and olives (he will eat the green, pimento-stuffed variety) on his plate, but no worries. I’d just add to my sodium load for the day and scoop them onto my plate. But to tell the truth, I didn’t even offer him any…I wanted this one all for myself!
Feel free to leave out any ingredient you don’t like and also buy the kind of tuna you prefer. I’m loving the jarred tuna in olive oil. Expensive, but terrific quality.
The vinaigrette recipe is a simple combination of red or white wine vinegar ( I used champagne vinegar), Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and olive oil. You might also love this Hearts of Palm Salad, Avocado, Butter Lettuce Salad.
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Classic French Salade Niçoise
Dorie Greenspan's delicious version of this classic French salad!
- 12 small potatoes, scrubbed
- a couple handsful green beans
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 8 ounces jarred tuna (4 - 6 oz. each), packed in olive oil (try Tonnino for a quality experience)
- salad greens
- cherry tomatoes or regular tomatoes cut into chunks
- small olives (Niçoise, but any will do)
- capers (drained and patted dry)
- anchovies (rinsed and patted dry)
- 2 Tbsp. wine vinegar (red or white or sherry)
- 1 shallot, finely minced
- ¼ tsp. Dijon mustard
- a couple pinches sea salt
- a couple grinds of fresh black pepper
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil
- Boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Cook until they are tender enough to be pierced easily with the tip of a knife, 10 - 20 minutes. Scoop them out of the pot and put them in a bowl to cool.
- Blanch the green beans in the potato water until they are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain the beans and put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain, then pat dry.
- Make the vinaigrette: Add vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper to a small glass measuring cup or jar and let sit 10 - 15 minutes to mellow the shallot. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking constantly.
- Assemble the salad, on one large platter, or individual plates: salad greens, halved potatoes, green beans, halved eggs, tuna, tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies and drizzle with the shallot vinaigrette.
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 718Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 315mgCarbohydrates: 93gFiber: 11gSugar: 8gProtein: 35g
43 Comments on “Classic French Salade Niçoise”
Oh Lizzy my thought are with you and your dad. I love this salad too and it is a good one to eat during a stressful time, super healthy. Take care.
aaah Lizzy this sald would be perfect right now :))
I adore salade nicoise, Liz and yours looks fantastic. I’ll eat whatever Bill won’t! As for your dad, I’m really hoping he’ll be out of the hospital too. I’m thinking of you and your family!
Ooooo – that looks good. This is one of my favourite kind of salads! Your dressing sounds simple, bright and delicious too. Thanks!
I do hope your father is better. You sure have had a busy time with your parents this year. I can’t believe you used to eat stock cubes – they’re so strong and salty! I love the look of your salad – it has so many of my most favourite ingredients; caperberries being at the top of the list xx
This is one of my favorite salads. I make it with grilled tuna or salmon. Your looks refreshing and definitely well balanced.
Your salad is gorgeous! Glad your dad is doing well and Lambeau too! Hope you get out of
Denver before you are snowed in!
Such a beautiful presentation,colorful and healthy salad !
Ingenious idea to try out the Nicoise in every port, Liz. And I want a bite of your salad right now!
P.s. Praying your father is feeling better and out of the hospital. Hope you’re taking good care of you, too =)
Beautifully composed salad, I love the textures!
We lived on Salad Niçoisse in France and a version of one in Italy. It’s one oft top ten lunches for sure. Your version is gorgeous, and I’m sure Bill regretted that you didn’t share.
How’d you make yours look so appetizing? Mine was fine, but nothing amazing. Hope everything goes well with your dad!
Wow, love your ‘classic’ presentation of Dorie’s recipe. Wishing your Dad a speedy recovery!
Gorgeous, as always Liz. My mom used to give me bouilion and saltine crackers as a lunch when I was little. It probably influenced my salty side 🙂
Sending best wishes for your dad.
Beautiful presentation and I hope your Dad is feeling better.
I hope your Dad gets out of the hospital soon too, Liz. I loved Dorie’s version of the salad and smiled out loud at your comment about licking chicken bouillon cubes as kid. I had a similar fascination with them (and with maple syrup) when I was 4-5. 🙂
Beautiful Liz 🙂 I hope your dad is out of hospital soon and all is well XO
I adore Salade Niçoise and yours looks so pretty and tasty! Love the presentation as always 🙂 Hope life slows down a bit for you soon and that everything is okay with your dad.
A pretty to look at, healthy and hearty meal:@)
I love how all your ingredients are placed together in their own sections. Beautiful!