Salad Nicoise

Great for luncheons or as a healthful weekday lunch, this classic French salad packs a flavorful punch

Great for luncheons or as a healthful lunch any time, this classic French salad packs a flavorful punch. Topped with a zingy homemade lemon vinaigrette and bursting with fresh ingredients, it will soon become your go-to salad.


Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette

Ditch the packaged salad dressings and make your own vinaigrette at home. The basic ingredients for vinaigrette are oil and vinegar with a ratio of 3:1, respectively, or oil and citrus juice with a ratio of 2:1. As long as you remember this ratio, you can make your own delicious dressing anytime.

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Add all ingredients in a cup to shake or blender to blend.

Salade Nicoise

  • 2 cups lettuce, separated, washed, drained and dried
  • 1 cup cold, blanched, green beans
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 Tablespoons homemade lemon vinaigrette
  • 12 black olives, pitted
  • 3 hard-cooked egg, cold, peeled, quartered
  • 2-3 Tb fresh oregano, thyme, or tarragon, minced


  1. Line bowl with all the lettuce, drizzle with 3 tablespoons vinaigrette
  2. Season beans and tomatoes with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette in a separate bowl.
  3. Place ½ cup lettuce on plate, combine 5-7 beans, 1 wedge tomato, 2 olives, and 2 egg wedges.
  4. Pour the remaining vinaigrette over all salads and top with herbs.

For extra protein, top with flaked tuna or a tuna steak.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 cup

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 132
  • Fat: 11.5g
    • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 5g
    • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 47mg
  • Sodium: 172mg

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