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Veggie Niçoise Salad

mayurisjikoni
Veggie Niçoise Salad is a spin on the traditional salad which has tuna. A filling, refreshing and colourful salad, one can enjoy is as a light meal or as a side. Take it along for picnics or garden parties.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Light Meal, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 3-4 eggs boiled
  • 100 g green beans or a handful
  • 1 cup red/white beans cooked
  • 1 cup cucumber slices
  • 2 cups baby potatoes boiled in salted water
  • ¼ cup olives
  • 1 cup baby tomatoes
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh herbs
  • handful salad leaves/baby spinach optional

FOR THE LEMON VINAIGRETTE:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp coarsely crushed mustard or dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp balck pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp honey/maple syrup optional

Instructions
 

  • PREPARATION OF VEGGIE NICOISE SALAD
  • Boil the eggs in simmering water the way you want them, hard or semi soft.
  • Peel and cut them into halves.
  • Boil the potatoes in salted water till done.
  • As I used baby potatoes I did not peel them.
  • Cut the potatoes into halves.
  • Add Green Beans/French Beans to boiling water. Blanch for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the beans with slotted spoon or strainer. Immediately add them to ice cold water. After 5 minutes remove the beans from the water.
  • Leaves the baby tomatoes whole or cut them into halves. If you are using normal tomatoes then cut them into chunks.
  • Cut the cucumber into slices or thick quarters.
  • Layer a plate with the salad leaves or spinach.
  • Arrange the boiled eggs, green beans, red/white beans, olives, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber over the leaves.
  • Add fresh herbs.

PREPARATION OF LEMON VINAIGRETTE

  • Add all the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and whisk to blend.
  • I like to add the ingredients in a jar with an airtight lid. Close the jar properly and give it a good shake. So much easier than whisking it.

Notes

  • Add vegetables like radish, carrots if you want for that extra crunch.
  • Add pickled vegetables like capers, artichoke hearts, gherkins, etc.
  • Use salad leaves of your choice.
  • Add extra protein of your choice. Some recommendations are quinoa, feta, hard cheese, lentils. Go ahead and add meat, tuna, anchovies for that traditional salad.
Keyword Niçoise Salad, Veggie Niçoise Salad