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Salad Nicoise

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Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad ever invented! It’s protein rich, flavorful and packed with vegetables. A healthy lunch or dinner any time of year!

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

Late summer has a certain quality to it I cannot pinpoint. The vibrancy of spring and early summer, a distant memory, insects at their loudest. Bird song is largely subdued now as there are fewer of them around. Trees have taken on a deep green color with some pops of yellow and brown throughout. There is a certain relief from the flurry and buzz of months past. It’s always a little bitter sweet, this cycling through seasons. But what good fortune to be able to live in a place with seasons.

So what to eat in late summer? My cooking is a little confused, admittedly. I oscillate between fall and summer food. On one hand, I crave diving right into comfort food (see previous recipe), but on the other, I want to hold on to summer’s sweetness. So I decided I would go with a Salad Nicoise recipe that can transition easily from summer to fall. And I would be using one of my all time favorite ingredients as the star of this salad. Tuna! But not just any tuna – St. Jude Tuna!

When it comes to making Salad Nicoise, the quality of each ingredient is essential. And this is particularly why I wanted to use none other than my favorite olive oil packed tuna from St. Jude Tuna. In my opinion, it is the best tuna as the quality is simply unmatched.

So what is Salad Nicoise?

Salad Nicoise is a traditional French salad originated in Niece. It gets its name from Nicoise olives, which are only grown in that particular region. Early purists had a very specific way of making Salad Nicoise, which included artichokes, anchovies, red peppers, tomatoes and olive oil. But purity isn’t in my vocabulary and I enjoy breaking cooking rules as often as possible. So I have my own version of it. That’s the beauty of playing with food after all.

One of the best Salad Nicoise I ever had was at a tiny cafe in Montauk many, may years ago and I’ve never forgotten how well the ingredients worked together. So I set out to re-create my own version with some of my personal favorites.

Sourcing the best tuna for Salad Nicoise

There are times when I’m forgiving with ingredients in a recipe. I’ll happily use vegetables that have sat in the crisper for some time to whip up a quick soup. I’ll use herbs that have surpassed their peak, etc. But when it comes to Salad Nicoise, the quality of the tuna makes all the difference. First it does have to be wild caught, good tuna, it also has to be packed in olive oil. Anything else will simply just taste mediocre. This is why I love using the St Jude Tuma, Mediterranean Solid Albacore for this Salad Nicoise. It adds the perfect texture and flavor and balances out all other ingredients.

Can you vary the vegetables in the Salad Niciose?

You certainly can. I like sticking with a newer version of Salad Nicoise which includes potatoes and green beans. But you can change the vegetables out as you see fit. If you’re a tomato lover, go for tomatoes, if you prefer green olives to black olives, do that. If you’re not a fan of artichokes or red pepper, you can leave them out or switch them out.

I encourage you to try sourcing organic if possible and the freshest ingredients you can. While all ingredients are served together, each stands on its own marinating in the tangy dressing. So having the freshest possible ingredients will take a Salad Nicoise from ordinary to extraordinary.

What to use in this version of Salad Nicoise

Naturally, my first favorite, tuna, soft boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, blanched green beans, marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers, olives and to spruce up the classic olive oil (which I love by the way), I’ve decided to go with a garlic infused dijon dressing, which in my opinion works beautifully with every single ingredient. Dijon to me is French essence.

Can you make this Salad Nicoise low carb/paleo?

Absolutely! If you’re strictly paleo, you can skip the step of boiling potatoes and just go for the green beans. You could certainly use sweet potatoes if you really wanted but I don’t think you’d end up with the same overall taste and feel. If you’re paleo, you may just want to leave the potatoes out.

If you don’t like Dijon mustard

If you happen to not like Dijon (I promise I won’t judge you), feel free to use a high quality olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. I wouldn’t add a vinegar to this, as the marinated veggies add enough depth. A vinegar may be a bit too intense and will mask all the layers of flavors that are quintessential in Salad Nicoise.

If you want to double up

If you’re looking to serve a bigger crowd just double up on the quantities. You can use a larger pot for boiling the eggs, potatoes and green beans.

I hope you will love this Salad Nicoise as much as I do!

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

 Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad invented. Tasty St Jude Tuna works beautifully with, crunch green beans, creamy potatoes, soft boiled eggs, briny vegetables and tangy dressing. It’s one recipe that’s on repeat in my house. #saladnicoise #nicoisesalad #tunanicoisesalad #tunanicoise #calmeats #salad #pleosalad #whole30salad #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #realfood #stjudetuna

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Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise may just be the most perfect salad ever invented! It’s protein rich, flavorful and packed with vegetables. A healthy lunch or dinner any time of year!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cans St. Jude Tuna
  • 1/2 lb small potatoes
  • 1/4 lb green beans
  • 1/3 cup marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives of your choice
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely minced

Instructions

    1. In medium pot, bring 4 cups of water to boil. Slowly add eggs and cook for 7 minutes (set a timer). Carefully remove eggs and drop in large bowl of ice water for 1 minutes. Remove and set aside.

    2. Add potatoes and beans to boiling water. Set timer for 4 minutes. Remove beans and add to ice water. Set timer for another 7 minutes for the potatoes. Remove potatoes and add to ice water as well.
      Meanwhile whisk all ingredients under dressing.

    3. To plate. Peel eggs and cut in half, remove tuna from can and break up with your hand arranging it on plate. Arrange all other ingredients on plate and drizzle with dressing.

    4. Sprinkle with extra salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Renee D Kohley
    September 2, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I love the simplicity of this – I could eat this everyday! The artichokes are just perfect – making this for myself this week while my kiddos head off to school 🙂 Thanks!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 2, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Ah that sounds like such a treat! Being able to just sit down and enjoy a quiet meal! I can truly appreciate that too 🙂

  • Reply
    Irena Macri
    September 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I wish you could get a Nicoise salad that looks this good at restaurants. Sometimes, they are so boring! Love the variety of colours, flavours and textures on the plate. The pickled/marinated veggies go so well with the fish and potato. Nice take on a classic!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 2, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      Ah that’s a huge compliment! Thank you so much! The combo really does make me very happy!!

  • Reply
    Annemarie
    September 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    This salad is so delicious! I love all the savory flavors together.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so so much Annemarie!! It’s really one of my favorites – I find all the flavors just click!

  • Reply
    Raia
    September 4, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    What a delicious flavor combo! Gorgeous salad all-around. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jean
    September 4, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Such a gorgeous and refreshing salad! So perfect on this insanely hot day.

  • Reply
    Cheryl Malik
    September 5, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    This looks so delicious! Love a good Nicoise Salad especially with a tangy dressing! YUM!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 5, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      I’m with you 100% the ingredients just work so well together – it’s hard to go wrong with this one!!

  • Reply
    Savannah McGhee
    September 5, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    This looks sooooo delicious! Healthy, tangy, and filled with protein! Perfect for warm weather!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 5, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!! It’s my go to recipe especially when the veggies are in season!! 🙂

  • Reply
    paleoglutenfreeguy
    September 5, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    All the healthy fats and protein in this dish are making me salivate. This is my kinda salad!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 6, 2019 at 1:23 am

      Ah thank you thank you!! Definitely is paleo all the way 🙂

  • Reply
    Hope
    September 5, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    This is a gorgeous salad Daniela – it has so many of my favourite ingredients! Can’t wait to try!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 6, 2019 at 1:22 am

      Thank you my friend!! I hear you there! I love the ingredients too!

  • Reply
    Megan
    September 5, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Gorgeous! This is one of my favorite salads. I love your addition of artichoke hearts, perfect!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 6, 2019 at 1:22 am

      I agree Megan! It’s one of mine as well!! Yes, I love artichokes and felt they belonged in this!!

  • Reply
    Zuzana
    September 6, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I so love all of the colors in here.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Zuzana!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kiran Dodeja Smith
    September 6, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Absolutely stunning (and looks delicious, too!!)

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 7, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you so very much, Kiran! I really appreciate that!

  • Reply
    Joyce Malley
    September 6, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Hello Daniela,
    I do not know how you create these masterpieces, but I love your work. You are such an artist. I am so happy to provide the albacore in this creation. Joyce Malley tunatuna.com

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 7, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      This makes me so happy Joyce! Thank you so much – I’m truly humbled!! It’s cooking with amazing ingredients that inspires me continuously and your tuna is no exception!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Savannah McGhee
    September 9, 2019 at 12:08 am

    I want this salad, like right now! Yummy!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Savannah! It’s good stuff, I admit! 🙂

  • Reply
    heather
    September 9, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I love how easy this looks to put together! YUMMY!!!!

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