Nicoise Salad (French salad with tuna)

Nicoise Salad (French salad with tuna)

Tuna salad – the French way! Hefty and interesting enough for lunch, but not so heavy it loses its summery appeal.

Use the best tuna you can get, in oil not spring water!


  • 8 baby/chat potatoes (Note 1)
  • 120g/ 4 oz green beans , trimmed
  • 2 tomatoes , each cut into 8 – 10 wedges
  • 1/2 baby cos lettuce (romaine) , cut or torn into large bite size pieces
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs , peeled and quartered
  • ¾ cup/ 100g unpitted black olives (Note 2)
  • 250 – 300g/ 8 – 10oz canned chunk tuna in oil , drained and broken into large chunks (Note 3)


    • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
    • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 small garlic clove , minced/grated
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
    • Pinch black pepper


  • Dressing: Shake ingredients in a jar.
  • Cook ptoatoes: Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and leave to fully cool. Slice into halves.
  • Blanch beans: Boil green beans until tender or done to your liking. Drain and refresh under cold running water to quickly cool. Drain, pat well to dry.


  • Arrange the cos leaves on a large, wide plate.
  • Scatter and layer the remaining ingredients artfully around the plate, finishing with the eggs, olives and chunks of tuna. Drizzle with dressing over and serve!

Recipe Notes:

1. Potatoes – Regular potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks or slices are totally fine too.

2. Olives – Get the best olives you can find. Unpitted kalamata, Ligurian or Nicoise olives in brine or oil are best.

3. Tuna – Not all tuna is created equal! Tuna in oil trumps tuna in spring water.

4. Variations:
– Instead of tuna, anchovies are common and arguably more traditional. Use around a dozen draped over the salad. Modern versions often turn the salad into a seafood meal by serving a whole seared, rare tuna steak on top of the salad.
– Other vegetables sometimes seen in a Nicoise salad: Cucumber, capsicum, artichokes, broad bean (fava beans), red onion, eschalots, radishes. Soft herbs are also sometimes included such as parsley or basil.

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