Nicoise means the inhabitant of city Nice and as an extension Salad Nicoise is literally salad of Nice. It is one of the original composed salads and one of my favorites too. Here is my version of the same.
I first had Salad Nicoise while I was in college, in one of the cafes nearby. A gorgeous looking salad made to my table but unfortunately, the taste didn’t match up to the looks. It almost put me off ordering salads at that time. Fast forward to a decade and I had Salad Nicoise made by a French chef at a popup and OMG it blew up my mind. That’s when I really understood why the fuss around the salad.
I very rarely make the standard salads at home. Salads like the greek salad or caesar salad are hardly fond on my dinner table, primary because I am a very intuitive person when it comes to making salads. See what is in the fridge, make a dressing, put it together and bingo. But there are a few salads for which I make an exception. Salad Nicoise is one of them and the other is caprese salad! God, I love the freshness and simplicity of that salad too.
The reason I love Salad Nicoise is that it really is the first salad that taught me an art of composed salad. On how to plate a salad which is not just mixed. To play with elements and placement, with colors and textures. It taught me that there is more to plating salads that random placements. That even a mixed salad is actually a controlled mess.
Anyways, as usual, I digress! Here is the recipe for you. It is my version of Salad Nicoise. And I am not really calling it authentic. So if you feel this isn’t what it should just ignore the post. Yes, sometimes these warnings are required these days. But I do hope you will try this out because it really is delicious.