Nippy Niçoise salad

Nippy Niçoise salad


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About this recipe: Create this classic main-meal salad from the simplest of ingredients. A can of anchovies, speedily blended with olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and garlic, makes an ideal dressing. Serve with crusty French bread. Delicious!

Jan Cutler

Serves: 4 

  • 400g ready-washed baby new potatoes
  • 200g French beans
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g can anchovy fillets
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g can tuna, drained
  • 1 cos lettuce, torn
  • 8 baby plum tomatoes, or baby tomatoes, halved
  • 12 stoned black olives

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:27min 

  1. Cook the potatoes and beans: Cook the potatoes in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Add the French beans for the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again.
  2. Boil the eggs: While the potatoes are cooking, add the eggs to a pan of boiling water and cook for 7-8 minutes, so that the yolks remain slightly soft and creamy. Drain the eggs and put them into a bowl of cold water. Peel and cut into quarters lengthways.
  3. Make the dressing: Drain the can of anchovy fillets. Put the anchovies, garlic, mustard, lemon juice and olive oil into a blender or food processor and purée until smooth and creamy. Spoon half of this dressing over the cooked potatoes and beans, and gently toss together.
  4. Assemble the salad: Separate the tuna into chunks. Put the lettuce into a salad bowl. Top with the potatoes and beans followed by the eggs and tomatoes, then scatter over the tuna and olives. Serve drizzled with the remaining dressing.


*For tuna, use 200g cooked, peeled prawns. *For French beans, use 200g asparagus spears. Snap off any woody ends from the asparagus stalks at the point where they break easily, then cut the spears into short pieces and steam over the potatoes for 4-5 minutes.

…cooking tip

So that the potatoes cook as quickly as possible, cut any larger ones in half to make sure they are all roughly the same size.

…get ahead

The dressing can be made the day before and stored in a covered jug or bowl in the fridge. Whisk with a fork before using.

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