Nicoise salad with tuna, green beans, potatoes, eggs and tomato

How to make Nicoise Salad

Nicoise Salad, an easy summer salad, is perfect for al fresco dining. Tomatoes, olives, green beans, potatoes, tuna, and hard cooked eggs drizzled with vinaigrette.

Let me just say, here and now, this is one of my favorite meals.

If I were marooned on a deserted island, I would dream of this.

If I were offered a celebration meal, I would order this.

Tuna Nicoise

An easy salad with layers of tomatoes, black olives, green beans, potatoes, canned tuna, and hard cooked eggs drizzled with vinaigrette.

al fresco dining

I’m all al fresco. A cappuccino at an outdoor cafe. A quesadilla on the patio. Cherries on the porch. Eating outdoors is al fresco dining.

On a warm summer night, this salad makes my heart sing. Especially with no mosquitos, no wind, no flies. That combo is so rare that when it happens. I am ready. Nicoise Salad, pronounced in my high-school French, as nee-SWAHZ, is ideal for al fresco nights.

Easy summer salad

✅ Make ahead

✅ Easy to find ingredients

✅ Cook once, eat twice

✅ Delicious and festive

✅ No oven required

It can be a one-pan meal and the cooking done ahead. But it’s best served at room temperature.

It’s also good company food. It has a certain je ne se quoi. (guess I remember more French than I thought!). Je ne se quoi means …I don’t know… I don’t really know what to say… I can’t put it into words. The gist? This salad makes me feel good.

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How to make Tuna Nicoise Salad

Bring a pot of water to a boil, steam or simmer eggs for about 15 minutes, remove eggs to bowl of ice water. Return pan with water to stove. Sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook green beans until just tender, about 12-15 minutes. Remove beans. Boil potatoes until you can easily insert a sharp knife into the center, maybe 15 minutes, depending on size, drain.

I prefer small potatoes, such as new potatoes or fingerlings, though you can cut larger potatoes into similar sizes.

Pour drained potatoes and green beans in a large bowl and drizzle with half the vinaigrette. (Warm vegetables soak up more flavor.)

Drizzle warm green beans and potatoes with vinaigrette for more flavor

Spoon cherry tomatoes, or tomato wedges, olives (I use Kalalmata), green beans, potatoes, tuna, and hard-cooked eggs on plate, drizzle with remaining vinaigrette.

Rather than a tossed salad, I like to serve this as a composed salad on each plate. So the tuna is in the center and potatoes are piled here, the scoop of green beans are over there, eggs and tomatoes are tucked in between piles, olives are scattered over everything. Drizzle with vinaigrette, sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper. And that’s it. A crusty baguette and chilled glass of white wine are optional.

plate of tuna, green beans, potatoes

Perfect summer meal

Nicoise add ins

Add in sliced radishes, beets, cucumbers, capers, or pickled onions.

Substitute canned salmon for tuna. Don’t have fresh green beans? Use frozen or canned.

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plate of beans, tuna, eggs, potatoes, tomatoes

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Nicoise Salad

plate of tuna, green beans, potatoes

Nicoise Salad, an easy summer salad, is perfect for al fresco dining. Tomatoes, olives, green beans, potatoes, tuna, and hard cooked eggs drizzled with vinaigrette.

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French

Ingredients

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  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 1/2 pound green beans, fresh, frozen or canned
  • 1/2 pound small potatoes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (red wine or white wine can be used)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Instructions

Eggs hard cook them. Simmer or steam for 12-15 minutes, cool immediately in a bowl of ice water. Peel and quarter.

Green beans steam, boil, or microwave about 12 minutes, until tender. Drain. Add to bowl, drizzle warm green beans with a couple teaspoons vinaigrette, stir to coat.

Potatoes steam or boil for 12-15 minutes, until tender. A sharp knife poked through should easily pass through potato. Drain. Add to green beans, drizzle warm potatoes with a couple teaspoons vinaigrette, stir to coat.

Vinaigrette combine oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper in small jar. Shake to combine.

Nicoise Salad scoop tuna, green beans, potatoes, egg, tomatoes, and olives on plate. Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette.

Notes

Steam or boil the eggs, green beans, and potatoes together to save time.

It can be a one-pan meal and the cooking done ahead. But it’s best served at room temperature.

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