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Salad Nicoise Recipe

Salad Nicoise -The Original Composed Salad

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.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 500 gm baby potatoes sliced into halves
  • 2 tbsp dry white wine
  • 200 gm haricot beans trimmed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8-10 Cherry Tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1 cup lettuce roughly torn
  • 200 gm canned tuna drained
  • 1/2 cup olives

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 shallot finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme


  • Boil the sliced potatoes in salted water till tender and boiled. Drain and drizzle with wine. Set aside for cooling.
  • Boil the eggs to your liking, for this salad I like them boiled till 8mins. Peel and set aisde.
  • In a seperate pan, boil haricot beans for 4-5 minutes till just done. Transfer to a ice bath so that they don't loose color.
  • To make the dressing - whisk the vinegar, shallot, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow, steady stream until emulsified. You can also use a empty jam jar and shake it well for it to get emulsified
  • In seperate bowls, toss tomatoes, potatoes in the dressing. Mix very gently, specially the tomatoes so that they don't get squished.
  • To assemble the salad, Divide the lettuce among 4 plates. Next arrange the potatoes, beans, hard-cooked eggs, tomatoes and tuna on top in a circular fashion. Add the left over dressing back to the jar and drizzle on top of the salad. Place olives in the corner and serve.
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