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Nicoise Salad Recipe

A family-sized classic Nicoise entree salad with tuna, green beans, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and marinated vegetables with a mustard herb vinaigrette.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Salad or Entree
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 586kcal
Author: Katie Wells


For the Vinaigrette

For the Salad

  • 1 small red onion
  • 4 radishes
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 lb baby red potatoes or fingerling potatoes
  • ½ lb green beans (trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 2 medium heads Boston lettuce or butter lettuce
  • 3 cans oil-packed tuna
  • 6 hard boiled eggs (peeled and quartered lengthwise)
  • 3 small tomatoes (cored and cut into wedges)
  • ¼ cup Nicoise olives (or other olive)
  • 4 anchovies (optional)


For Vinaigrette

  • In a jar, combine all the ingredients for the vinaigrette, and shake or whisk to mix.

For the Salad

  • Thinly slice the onion, radishes, and cucumber and place in a small bowl.
  • Pour ¼ cup of the vinaigrette over them, stir, and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Remove from the water, reserving the water for the beans.
  • Allow the potatoes to cool slightly until they can be handled and then cut them into quarters and place them in a medium size bowl.
  • Drizzle the potatoes with another ¼ cup of the vinaigrette, stir gently to combine, and set aside.
  • Add the green beans to the same boiling water as the potatoes and boil for about 5 minutes or until tender, but not too soft.
  • Remove and rinse in cold water.
  • Rinse the lettuce leaves and gently tear into pieces.
  • Arrange the lettuce on a serving platter.
  • Drain the tuna and place it in the center of the lettuce.
  • Place the onions/cucumber/radish mixture next to the tuna.
  • Arrange the potatoes, green beans, eggs, tomatoes, olives, and anchovies if using, around the center.
  • Drizzle everything with the remaining vinaigrette and serve immediately.


If you can’t find Nicoise olives, you can sub kalamata olives. The flavor is different but still delicious.


Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 914mg | Potassium: 936mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Vitamin C: 31.8mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2.7mg