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I gathered all the ingredients – some from the farmers’ market – and herbs growing on my porch, plus high-end canned tuna, so I could follow the recipe, since it looked great. It is! The only thing I added was a glass of wine. This is a salad I would order at restaurants for lunch, if I could find a good one. This recipe is better than many I ate out. So glad I can make this at home. Looking forward to the leftovers! I liked the tips, like adding dressing to the red onions.
“The only thing I added was a glass of wine.” Love it!
Great recipe! I just modified a few things to use what I had on hand–used champagne vinegar as I think that red wine vinegar would be too harsh, and I didn’t have any lemon, and was out of shallots so used scallions, and fresh herbs from the Covid Victory garden ;-) Didn’t have potatoes, but didn’t really miss them. I used flaked canned albacore tuna packed in water from the can. My friend who generally hates Nicoise salads practically licked the plate–it was simple, beautiful, and delicious!! I prepped everything ahead of time, packed the ingredients in Tupperware at room temperature, so just had to assemble at lunch time. Perfect summer lunch!
Great recipe! I am from Indonesia and nowadays it is easy to get all the ingredients in local supermarket. I am using fresh tuna. Sprinkle a bit of coarse-ground black pepper and kosher salt during the marinade and i grilled it just to get a crust while the inside is still pinkish. It tastes wonderful. I invited my niece and my sis for dinner and they loved it, too.I still have lefrover so I ate them the next day right from the fridge. It still tastes good but now I understand why u said it should be served warm or at room temperature….
This is such a fantastic salad for summer. It’s easy to prep the cooked ingredients in the morning or the night before to avoid using the stove at peak heat times. I then refrigerate and bring to room-ish temperature before serving in the evening. High quality canned tuna is just as good as fresh, and I have cheated and used tuna sashimi takeout from my favorite sushi place. (Salmon and arctic char are also delicious alternatives.) I’ve used asparagus in place of the beans and literally just any fresh herbs I have on hand in the dressing. Never fails. A glass of rose or champagne and you have a meal worthy of any restaurant.
Hi Melissa, Nicoise really is a perfect salad for summer, isn’t it? We’ll sometimes use sardines instead of tuna, and just what steamed vegetables we have on hand.
I didn’t have tomatoes, greens , or capers. Did have fresh from the garden herbs. This salad is soooo tasty.
This is a great recipe. I love shallots in the dressing. I added a bit of mayo to the dressing and overcooked the beans a bit but it was still terrific. I coated the tuna steaks in sesame seeds before searing which added a nice texture.
Delicious!! Didn’t have oregano or tarragon so I just used a bit of Italian seasoning and it still came out great. Thanks for a great recipe—will definitely make again.
I used the CHEAPEST, off-brand, generic versions of all ingredients. And it was perfection~!~I even used 2 year old dried herbs stored in plastic shakers instead of fresh ones.
This was delicious! I used the lemon juice and fresh tarragon options in the vinaigrette; it was amazing!
Loved the vinaigrette! Pulled the whole salad together. Will definitely be making this again!
Yum! The best Nicoise recipe I’ve found. Great dressing. I used a high quality canned tuna, worked fine. I look forward to trying your other recipes. Thank you!
AMAZING RECIPE! I made it for dinner, the only thing I added is some maple syrup to the dressing to balance out the flavor, I like my salad dressing on the sweet-tart side. Wow, I was blown away.. Thank you!
I used all dried herb instead of fresh and i made fresh salmon instead of tuna and it was a hit! Thank u
Excellent receipe. The only variation I made was using Italian Tuna in a jar. I also cooked the beans with the baby potato and then shocked the beans. That a beautiful salad and so delicious. Lovely to be able to prepare in advance and plate it while enjoying a rose!
Can you recommend a vegetarian substitute for Tuna. This salad sounds really good but would love to add some protein to it.
Hi, Parshadi! I’d recommend some legumes, like lentils, chickpeas, or cannellin beans. Or possibly baked tofu. Enjoy!
We loved this salad! I was looking for a recipe that used fresh tuna. I didn’t need to use all the dressing. The only change I made was to add cucumber as one of my guests didn’t like tomatoes. We will make this often during tomato season! To save prep time, I cooked the potatoes in the pot under steamer I used for the beans.
Made this last night for dinnerIt was really delicious!
Will use less oil in the vinaigrette next time
The best Nicoise salad I ever had was in a cafeteria in Gatwick airport, of all places. I couldn’t even find it on the menu most places when I was in France.
Made the Nicoise Salad today, but reduced quanty as I’m a widow but I did make it for two days,I’m new to this app so far I’m very pleased with it,if possible would love to see healthier version.
Made this tonight for dinner. Didn’t have any green beans – so I used the avocado I had instead. My husband says it’s California style Salad Nicoise! Excellent!
Hi Becki, I happily add avocado to almost everything. Good call!
This was delicious. My two year old asked for seconds. Fantastic dairy free recipe for the whole family. I’ve made several nicoise salade recipes and this one’s my solid favorite and will be replacing a lesser nicoise in our rotation.
It uses a lot of dishes and takes a while to come together so I always plan to make it towards the end of the week and cook the ingredients a few at time early in the week. I pan fry line caught solid white albacore (other kinds seem to just mush) in a can really quickly and assemble just before cooking. Can’t go wrong!