Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

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Experience the vibrant and sophisticated flavors of the Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad. This dish not only stands out for its bright and memorable appearance but also for its hearty and satisfying nature. Perfect for a light summer dinner, it’s packed with “good” carbs to keep you satiated without feeling heavy. Whether serving it for a family meal or a festive gathering, this salad is sure to impress with its rich taste and appealing presentation.

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Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

Nutritional Information

Calories: 506.04 kcal per serving

Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Macronutrients (per serving):

  • Protein: 33.71 g
  • Fat: 27.20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.20 g

Ingredients for 4 Servings

  • Medium potatoes: 2
  • Canned white beans: 14 oz (400 g)
  • Green beans: 7 oz (200 g)
  • Canned tuna: 2 cans (each 6.5 oz/185 g)
  • Cherry tomatoes: 8
  • Pitted olives: 3.5 oz (100 g)
  • Romaine lettuce: 2 heads
  • Large eggs: 2
  • Salt: to taste

For the dressing:

  • Garlic: 1 clove
  • Olive oil: 4 tbsp
  • Sugar: 1 tsp
  • Whole grain mustard: 2 tsp
  • White wine vinegar: 2 tbsp


Step 1
Peel and mince the garlic. In a bowl, mix garlic with mustard, sugar, vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

Step 2
Wash and boil the potatoes in their skins until tender. Hard boil the eggs. Rinse the green beans, place them in a colander, and blanch in boiling water for 6 minutes, then immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool; drain well. Drain the canned white beans. Slice the olives into rings.

Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

Step 3
Drain the canned tuna and transfer it to a plate, gently pressing out any excess liquid. Flake the tuna into large chunks with a fork. Cool and peel the hard-boiled eggs.

Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

Step 4
Separate the lettuce leaves, wash, and dry thoroughly using paper towels. Line the bottom of a large serving platter or salad bowl with the lettuce leaves. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the dressing over the lettuce.

Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

Step 5
Cut the potatoes and eggs into large wedges. Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes, then halve them. Arrange the potatoes, eggs, and tomatoes around the edges of the platter or bowl.

Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

Step 6
Mix the white and green beans with the olives and place them in the center of the salad. Top with chunks of tuna. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the entire salad.

Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

Helpful Tip

You can substitute the cherry tomatoes in the classic Niçoise salad with small regular tomatoes, such as plum or cocktail tomatoes, for a similar taste and texture.

Additional Information

If you have the time and means, prepare the tuna for the Niçoise salad yourself. It’s best simply baked in foil or seared in olive oil to your desired doneness for a fresh and flavorful addition to your salad.

Classic Tuna Niçoise Salad

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