Classic Nicoise Salad or Salade Niçoise is originally from the south of France. This bright and delicious salad is made with fresh Micro Rainbow Mix microgreens, potatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, hard-boiled eggs and tuna, with a wonderfully bold vinaigrette drizzled over the top made with Dijon mustard.
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Hello my friends. How is this week treating you? Mine has been busy because this is the high season in the hospitality market. I don’t know if you remember that my full-time job is Territory Manager for a hotel supply company, and my territory is the Caribbean. I have been waking up at 4am to start working everyday for the past two weeks. So, I didn’t get a chance to release this recipe last week because I didn’t have time to sit quietly and write to you. As usual, I say to myself that I’m going to write a shorter post. Let’s see what happens by the time I’m done.
It wasn’t until recently that I tried a Classic Nicoise Salad, and I have had this recipe printed and waiting for the right moment. Well, the moment finally arrived when I received some free goodies this past summer from my friends at Fresh Bright Microgreens. By the way, this post is not sponsored by them. I also had an open half-empty jar of Edmond Fallot Traditional Dijon Mustard, which you can buy in our online store, and I knew it would be great in a champagne mustard vinaigrette on top of this salad. Yes I know, I’m behind in posting recipes. I have a bunch of created recipes with already taken photographs, just sitting here waiting for me to write about. Writing the post for you is my biggest issue because I’m not a natural writer. Sometimes it could take me almost a week to finish a post. I’m getting better, and some recipes inspire me so much that I have done a post in three hours... but that is a rare occasion.
Now let me tell you, this Classic Nicoise Salad is beautiful, colorful and very tasty. This French inspired salad has different textures starting with the crisp green beans, and then following up with the buttery potatoes and the creamy avocado. More texture and flavors delight your mouth with the micro rainbow mix from Fresh Bright Microgreens, green onions, and a mix of beautiful cherry tomatoes. You must also have some olives. You can use Nicoise olives or black olives, but I use Kalamata Olives from Greece which you can get from Hellenic Farms. Two more of my favorite ingredients are the high-quality tuna in olive oil, and hard-boiled eggs. But, this salad is not complete without a good salad dressing, and the vinaigrette that I made for this salad is everything that you want to have on this salad. I cannot emphasize more to use high-quality ingredients, because this can turn any simple dish into an extraordinary meal.
How to make Classic Nicoise Salad
What makes this traditional French salad from Nice, France special is the selection of fresh produce. The traditional ingredients are Niçoise olives (or Kalamata olives that I use), potatoes, green beans, eggs, oil-packed tuna, mixed greens and anchovy fillets. But you can leave out some of the ingredients to your taste, like the anchovy fillets which I left out. Then you can add in others flavors not traditionally found in a nicoise salad like avocado, green onions or cucumbers. I stick with what I love in my salad recipes. For the potatoes, I use fingerling potatoes because they are buttery in flavor, quick to cook, and they look so pretty.
First, you need to cook the eggs, potatoes, and green beans. In the recipe card below is the step-by-step instructions on how to cook those ingredients. After they are cooked, arrange the ingredients along the outer edges of the bowl starting with the micro rainbow mix, then the potatoes, the eggs, green beans, tomatoes, and tuna. Then in the center, half of a sliced avocado (yes avocado tends to be the star of any of my salads,) and sprinkle on some green onions. Pour the dressing over the salad.
Champagne Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette on a Classic Nicoise Salad
I start with the traditional ingredients for the vinaigrette for this French Classic Nicoise Salad with some changes like using Traditional Dijon Mustard, and champagne vinegar instead of white wine vinegar. I also added a hint of onion flavor with some finely chopped shallot, and I prefer to use garlic in a mashed form. And of course, I highly recommend using a premium extra virgin olive oil (I use Lia EVOO). I usually combine all those ingredients in a mason jar with a lid for easy emulsifying and storage.
Can a Classic Nicoise Salad be made ahead of time and stored?
This Nicoise Salad is perfect to make ahead for weeknight dinners or as part of your lunchtime meal plan for the week. The ingredients can be stored in individual containers for up to three days. If you do this, do not slice the ingredients until you are ready to assemble the salad. The dressing you can pre-make in the lidded mason jar and just put it in the refrigerator. When you are ready, just take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before you are planning to assemble the salad. This will allow the oil to melt and be sure to shake it before drizzling on the salad.
I think you will love this healthy and hearty dinner salad. It’s easy to make and great to make ahead to save you some time. Give it a try and let me know what you think. You can also check out these six other salad recipes:
- Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Tuna, Artichoke & Sun-dried Tomatoes
- Santa Fe Salad Dressing on a Rainbow Salad
- Grilled Corn Zucchini Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese & Seared Scallop
- Watermelon Salad with Arugula, Blue Cheese & Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Simple Heirloom Tomato Salad
- Butter Lettuce & Pear Salad with a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
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