Salade Niçoise

Salade Niçoise

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  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 12 to 16 small red potatoes, halved
  • Extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
  • 1/4 pound small green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 cup Niçoise olives (or other ripe black olives)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 head butter leaf lettuce, leaves separated and washed
  • Vinaigrette Dressing (recipe follows)
  • 8 ounces quality canned tuna, drained, or 10 to 12 ounces fresh tuna steak
  • 2 small tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and quartered

Optional additions for salad

  • Thinly sliced fennel
  • Thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Anchovy fillets

Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (any combination you love)
  • 1/4 cup white or sherry wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil



Bring a pot of water to a simmer and add salt. Cook the potatoes just until tender and remove them from the water (don’t drain the water). Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and toss with a little olive oil. Add the beans to the pot and cook until tender. Drain them and refresh in cold water. Toss the beans in olive oil. You may chill — the salad can be served chilled or at room temperature, whichever you prefer.

Place the olives in a bowl and drizzle with a little olive oil. Toss in the thyme, capers and lemon juice and mix well.

Toss the lettuce in a small amount of the Vinaigrette Dressing and arrange on a serving platter. Place the tuna in the center of the platter and surround with the tomatoes, eggs, beans, potatoes and olives. You also may choose to include one or all of the other options listed above. (It’s entirely up to your taste and imagination at this point. Feel free to play!)

Drizzle the entire platter with the dressing and garnish with lemon wedges and sprigs of fresh herbs. Beautiful!


In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the oil. Mix well. With a wire whisk, blend the oil in a stream into the vinegar mixture until it is smooth and emulsified.

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