This post is sponsored by Great Day Farms. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own. #EggceptionallyGreat
I have a confession to make…. I LOVE making homemade salads and dressings.
And, my appreciation of a great salad when dining out is sky high! In my opinion, just as much care goes into a well-made salad as the main course. For summertime, I love the idea of a salad piled high with fresh seasonal vegetables. This vibrant niçoise salad recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Keep scrolling for some kitchen prep tips and the full recipe.
Salad Preparation Tips
The base of this salad is a fresh layer of romaine lettuce, which is sturdy enough to hold up the variety of ingredients found in this nicoise salad. You can wash and cut a fresh bunch of romaine lettuce, or you can often find pre-washed, pre-cut romaine lettuce leaves in the rerfigerated section of your local grocer.
Kidney beans are dark in color, packed with nutrients and are a great source of fiber. While kidney beans can be found in both dried and canned forms, canned kidney beans work best for this recipe (unless you have the added time to soak and cook dried kidney beans).
Haricot Verts are long, thin green beans with smallish seeds. While the term “haricot vert” simply means green bean in French, the most notable difference for this bean variety when compared to a traditional green bean, is the slender shape. When preparing these for your nicoise salad, flash steam them until they are crisp tender.
Red onions are generally small to medium in size, known for a slightly sweet flavor. For this salad, thin slices served raw is ideal. In fact, if you cook red onions, they loose some of their vibrant color.
Cooked red potatoes add a touch of softness to this crisp, summer vegetable nicoise salad. Wash throughouly before cooking in boiling water for 10-12 minutes, or until softened. Once cooled slightly, slice them in half.
Marinated artichoke hearts can be found in the canned vegetable aisle at most grocers.
Pre-cooked hard boiled eggs from Great Day Farms are the most convenient way to add this ingredient to your nicoise salad. The 2 and 6 packs are available in the deli section of your local Walmart. You can open the package, slice, add then them to your salad. It’s that simple. I personally love that these hard boiled eggs dramatically cut down my cooking time in the kitchen. And, they have the perfect hard boil each and every time.
Nicoise Salad Recipe
- 2 tsp Thyme, fresh, chopped
- 2 tsp freh oregano, chopped
- 1/4 c fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 pound small red potatoes, boiled and sliced
- 1 jar Artichoke hearts, drained
- 1/2 lb Green beans, fresh & cooked until crisp tender
- 1 can Kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 Red onion, sliced thinly
- 12 cups Romaine lettuce
- 6 hard boiled eggs, sliced
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives
- To prepare the vinaigrette, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, fresh thyme, oregano, dijon, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
- Arrange the remaining ingredients on a large platter, then drizzle with the prepared vinaigrette.
We hope you love this summer nicoise salad recipe!
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