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Niçoise Salad

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This is a twist on a traditional Niçoise Salad and it’s delicious! I love salads but often don’t find them filling enough. The Niçoise salad fixes that problem perfectly!

What is a Niçoise salad?

The dictionary defines a Niçoise Salad as “a salad that usually consists primarily of olives, tomatoes, anchovies, tuna, and beans or green vegetables.” I usually omit the anchovies (as I do in this recipe but feel free to add some if you like).

Green beans are typically added as well, but I usually go with asparagus since I prefer it. Again, add whichever you prefer, as it’s all healthy and delicious.

a bowl of nicoise salad on a wooden table with a light brown towel

Hard-boiled eggs are a must but soft-boiled eggs in a salad can’t be beat. If I have eggs already hard-boiled then I go with those, otherwise I’ll cook my eggs just until the yolk is thick but not fully cooked.

Be sure to use a high-quality tuna (I like Genova) as it will make all the difference! You can even grill a tuna steak if you like, although what I love about this hearty salad is that it’s easy to put together using pre-cooked or purchased ingredients.

a bowl of salad nicoise

The Niçoise salad recipe is for one person but it’s easily doubled, tripled or even quadrupled if you’re making it for a family meal or ladies lunch. It calls for cooked potatoes and asparagus, so I’ll usually plan ahead and grill a protein with some potatoes and asparagus for the sides, making enough to have leftovers.

an overhead shot of a salad nicoise recipe

Niçoise Salad

Yield: 1 salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Scale the ingredients up for as many people as you like. This is a great salad to serve for a small get-together with a glass of white wine! I'll often plan ahead and grill a protein with some potatoes and asparagus, making enough potatoes and asparagus to have leftovers for this salad the next day.


  • 1 can high-quality tuna
  • 1-2 hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • 4 asparagus stalks, cooked until crisp-tender (you can pop these in the microwave to cook them quickly)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup butter lettuce, chopped
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup Niçoise olives
  • a handful of cooked red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • a tiny drizzle of honey
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • a pinch of coarse salt
  • a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper


Assemble all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk the dressing ingredients together until thoroughly combined then toss it with the salad.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1031Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 43gCholesterol: 440mgSodium: 971mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 7gSugar: 31gProtein: 54g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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