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Quick Nicoise Salad

Like the classic French salad Nicoise, I pack my salad with veggies, potatoes, tuna and eggs. Cooking the potatoes and beans together helps build it fast. —Valerie Belley, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound red potatoes (about 2 large), cubed
  • 1/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup oil and vinegar salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups torn romaine
  • 4 hard-boiled large eggs, sliced
  • 3 pouches (2-1/2 ounces each) light tuna in water
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 8-10 minutes, adding green beans during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain potatoes and beans; immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine salad dressing, lemon zest and pepper. Divide romaine among four plates; arrange potatoes, green beans, eggs, tuna and tomatoes over romaine. Serve with dressing mixture.

Nicoise Salad Tips

What does Nicoise mean?

Nicoise refers to the city of Nice, France, where this salad originated.

How do you pronounce Nicoise?

You pronounce Nicoise “nee-SWAZ”.

What goes with Nicoise salad?

Nicoise salad can be an entree itself since it’s packed with veggies and meat. But Nicoise salad also goes with French onion soup and fresh bread.

What could I add to this salad?

You could add Nicoise olives to this salad. If you can’t find them at your grocery store, substitute kalamata olives. Or try adding some chopped cucumber and capers for additional crunch and flavor. Check out other versions of nicoise salad, like veggie Nicoise and asparagus Nicoise. Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 327 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 206mg cholesterol, 691mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 2 fat, 1 starch.

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  • cat
    Dec 25, 2019

    Delicious, easy and fast.

  • vlizzle
    Feb 11, 2018

    Lacking olives which are key for a Nicoise salad! Dressing needed more flavor.

  • veggiemama
    Aug 14, 2017

    Very bland and not at all "quick".