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A typical Provence-style salad, Salade niçoise is composed of tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, and Niçoise olives, dressed with a vinaigrette. It is such a fresh and healthy meal that always reminds me of dining outside in France. Enjoy with a baguette and a dry Provençal Rosé.

Salade Nicoise
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound small new potatoes, boiled until tender
  • 12 ounces red or yellow baby beets, boiled until tender, peeled
  • 8 ounces haricot verts, blanched
  • 8 ounces corn (optional)
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup black Niçoise olives
  • 8 small radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, halved lengthwise
  • 3 (4-oz.) jars tuna filets in olive oil, drained
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup loosely packed basil leaves, to garnish
  1. Make the dressing: Mince garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle heavily with salt; using a knife, scrape garlic and salt together to form a smooth paste. Transfer paste to a bowl and whisk in oil, juice, mustard, shallot, and salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. Make the salad: Arrange all ingredients in separate rows on a large serving platter; drizzle dressing over all ingredients, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with basil just before serving.