Recipe: Niçoise salad

Niçoise salad, or salade niçoise is a classic French dish quite popular worldwide. It originated in the city of Nice, in the Southeast coast of the country.

There are several ways of making niçoise salad and I won’t claim mine is the right one (especially because I’ve never been to France!!). My recipe is simple, cheap, nutritious and delicious. Salade niçoise is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, high in protein and moderate in carbohydrates. It’s also pretty filling thanks to the protein, fibre and healthy fats including omega-3 from the tuna and monounsaturated fats from the olives and extra virgin olive oil.

Niçoise salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 400g green beans, trimmed
  • 425g can tuna in springwater, drained
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup black olives
  • 4 cups lettuce or mixed salad leaves
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved


  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. Steam or boil potatoes until tender.
  2. Steam or boil green beans until al dente.
  3. While vegetables cool down, whisk dressing ingredients together.
  4. Arrange salad ingredients in 4 plates and toss with dressing.

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