Nicoise Salad

6 servings


55 minutes

total time



1/3 cup lemon juice or red wine vinegar

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp finely chopped shallot

2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano or tarragon

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 grilled or otherwise cooked tuna steaks* (8 oz each) or 2-3 cans of tuna

6 hard boiled eggs , peeled and quartered lengthwise

1 1/4 pounds small young red potatoes or fingerling potatoes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 medium heads Boston lettuce or butter lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces

3 small ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into wedges

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

1/4 cup niçoise olives

2 Tbsp capers, rinsed and/or several anchovies (optional)

*Marinate tuna steaks in a little olive oil for an hour. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat, or place on a hot grill. Cook the steaks 2 to 3 minutes on each side until cooked through.


Make the vinaigrette: In a jar, place the oil, lemon juice or vinegar, shallots, herbs, and mustard. Cover with a lid and shake until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Marinate the onion slices in some of the vinaigrette: Place onion slices in a small bowl and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. (The onions soaking in the vinaigrette will help take some of the bite out of them.)

Cook the potatoes, cut, and dress with vinaigrette: Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt. Heat on high to bring to a boil. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or so, until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain. While the potatoes are still warm, cut them into halves or quarters, depending on the size of the potatoes. Place them in a bowl and dress them with about 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette.

Boil the green beans: While the potatoes are cooking, fill a medium sized pot halfway with water, and add 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil on high heat. Add the green beans to the boiling water. Cook until tender but still firm to the bite, about 3 to 5 minutes (more or less, depending on the toughness of the beans). Drain and either rinse with cold water to stop the cooking, or shock for half a minute in ice water.

Arrange the salad on a bed of lettuce: Arrange a bed of lettuce on a serving platter. If using tuna steaks, cut them into 1/2-inch thick slices. Mound tuna in the center of lettuce. Sprinkle the tomatoes and onions around the tuna. Arrange the potatoes and green beans in mounds at the edge of the lettuce. Arrange hard boiled eggs, olives, and anchovies (if using) in mounds on the lettuce bed.

Drizzle everything with the remaining vinaigrette: Sprinkle with capers if using. Serve immediately. Should be served slightly warm or at room temperature. Did you enjoy this recipe? Let us know with a rating and review!


Serving Size

Serves 6


508 kcal

Total Fat

35 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



206 mg


422 mg

Total Carbohydrate

28 g

Dietary Fiber

5 g

Total Sugars

6 g


22 g

6 servings


55 minutes

total time
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