Farmer’s Market Niçoise Salad


It’s almost Spring, right?  All the beautiful produce will start showing up at the market soon.  This salad is a beautiful addition to any table, making a beautiful centerpiece for a stunning buffet.  And flavor, it’s full of it, not to mention it pairs fabulously with a crisp white wine.  The salad is a lovely taste of the Mediterranean.  Don’t shy away from the anchovy paste; it gives distinctive flavor without imparting a fishy taste. 

This salad is truly a meal in itself and tastes awesome with some crusty bread as a side kick.  Did I mention there are potatoes in here. Yes, potatoes in salad with greens. It’s a bonus.

I hope you enjoy all these fabulous flavors, it’s a winner.

Farmer’s Market Niçoise Salad
Serves 5

1-1/2 lbs. small red potatoes
4 large eggs
¼ lb. green beans, stemmed
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, seasoned with salt & pepper
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup niçoise or kalamata olives, pitted and halved
¼ cup capers, drained

For the vinaigrette:
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 T. minced fresh tarragon
1 T. shallot, minced
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 t. anchovy paste
1 t. honey
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Boil potatoes until done and hard-cooked eggs.  Plunge both into ice water to cool; drain.  Slice potatoes ¼” thick.  Chop eggs for garnish and set aside.

Blanch green beans 5 minutes.  Plunge into ice water to cool; drain and set aside.

Saute chicken in oil over medium-high heat until cooked through (about 8 minutes per side).  Cut into ¼” thick slices.  Prepare tomatoes and olives.

Whisk first 6 vinaigrette ingredients together in a small bowl.  Whisk in olive oil slowly to blend.  Season to taste.  Combine potato slices, green beans, sliced chicken, tomatoes, capers and olives in a large bowl.  Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss lightly to coat.  Transfer salad to a platter and garnish the top of the salad with egg.

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2 Comments

  1. Biz 1

    That definitely looks like spring on a plate! Yum!

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  2. Cathy…I love this Niçoise Salad because it uses chicken and not tuna…which I really don’t like. And it’s not neat and tidy either. Love it like this!
    Have to comment on your pinot chocolate dipping sauce. Definitely making that soon. I can practically taste it!

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