Salad Nicoise

Cook and chill the beans and potatoes for this French-inspired salad a day before serving. A great make ahead recipe.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
35 mins
4 main-dish servings


  • 8 ounce fresh green beans (2 cups)

  • 12 ounce tiny new potatoes, scrubbed and sliced (2 medium)

  • 1 Nicoise Dressing or 1/2 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

  • Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves

  • 1 ½ cup flaked cooked tuna or salmon (8 ounces) or one 9-1/4-ounce can chunk white tuna (water-pack), drained and broken into chunks

  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

  • 2 Hard-Cooked Eggs, sliced

  • ½ cup pitted ripe olives (optional)

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions (2)

  • 4 anchovy fillets, drained, rinsed, and patted dry (optional)

  • Fresh tarragon (optional)

Nicoise Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive or salad oil

  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar or white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh tarragon or 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • dash black pepper


  1. Wash green beans; remove ends and strings. In a large saucepan cook green beans and potatoes, covered, in a small amount of lightly salted boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes or just until tender. Drain; place vegetables in a medium bowl. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.

  2. Prepare Nicoise Dressing. To serve, line 4 salad plates with lettuce leaves. Arrange chilled vegetables, tuna, tomatoes, eggs, and olives (if desired) on the lettuce-lined plates. Sprinkle each serving with green onions. If desired, top each salad with an anchovy fillet and garnish with tarragon. Shake dressing; drizzle over each salad. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Nicoise Dressing

  1. In a screw-top jar combine olive or salad oil; white wine vinegar or white vinegar; honey; tarragon; Dijon-syle mustard; salt; and black pepper. Cover and shake well. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
17g Fat
24g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 33.1mg 165%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 1113mg 24%
Folate, total 76.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.