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Nicoise Salad
with tuna / walnuts / olives / green beans

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
Nicoise salad is a French favorite, and we love its combination of hearty ingredients and tart vinaigrette. While this version stays fairly true to the classic, feel free to sub in other proteins or vegetables that you have on hand.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Sherry Vinaigrette:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Vinegar, sherry - 1 Tbsp (sub red or white wine vinegar)
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp
Nicoise Salad:
  • Eggs - 4
  • Walnuts - 2 oz, chopped
  • Green beans - 8 oz, trimmed and chopped into 1” / 2.5cm pieces
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, wedges
  • Chives (opt) - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Tuna, canned (5 oz /142 g) - 2 cans, drained (look for Spanish or Italian varieties packed in olive oil)
  • Olives, nicoise - 1/2 cup, drained and rinsed (sub seedless kalamata)
  • Oil, olive - 2 tsp
  • Salad greens - 8 oz

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Prep

  1. Boil eggs - Cover eggs with cold water in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then turn off heat. Put a lid on the pan and let eggs sit in hot water for 11 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Walnuts / Green beans - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Boil green beans - Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans and boil until tender, ~5 minutes (depending on thickness of the beans). Drain and rinse under cool water. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make vinaigrette - Chop garlic. Whisk garlic with vinegar, lemon juice, mustard and honey. Add olive oil (portion for the vinaigrette) while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Tomatoes / Chives / Tuna / Olives - Prep as directed. (You can leave the olives whole or slice them if you’d prefer.)

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Make

  1. Roll eggs against a hard, flat surface to break up shell, and then peel. Slice into quarters.
  2. Toss green beans with olive oil (the portion for the salad) and chives. Season with some salt and pepper.
  3. Assemble salads by topping salad greens with tuna, green beans, tomatoes, olives, eggs and walnuts. Finish with vinaigrette just before serving. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (37)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (9)
Vegetarian (10)

21 reviews

Very filling for a salad, even though I didn't have any walnuts

By: Jenna
Posted: Sep 06, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I'm not a big hard boiled egg fan. LOL, The spicy Thai tuna masked the egg well though. None of the other family wanted any part.

By: Carolyn
Posted: Jul 19, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Not worth the time

By: Chayce
Posted: Jul 13, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Really filling! Often meatless meals don't satisfy my fiance, but this one made us all full! I'll have to look for more excuses to use lentils, because they are awesome.

By: Jenna
Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

surprisingly good. My husband's thought a salad wouldn't be enough but there were no complaints afterward. I had a picky eater visiting so I laid the ingredients out like a salad bar and everyone made their own salad. I loved the lentils.

By: Regan
Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I made this original but used tuna instead of lentils. It was delicious. Make sure not to overcook the green beans.

By: megan
Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Diet: Original
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