Whole 30 Nicoise Salad
If you follow my blog, you know I love two things, sneaking veggies in recipes and big flavorful salads, just like this Whole 30 Nicoise Salad. I’ve never liked boring salads, and so I make sure that I don’t eat boring salads! This meal is anything but boring. With tuna, potatoes, green beans, olives, and eggs, this salad is a fully balanced filling meal.
I honestly don’t even know what day of lockdown we are in anymore, but it feels like months, although it’s only been weeks. Dave has a full beard, and I am going crazy, not having been to the nail salon. Last night we had a couples date with some friends, which was a lot of fun and almost felt normal. Tonight is our favorite night of the week, masked singer and celebrity who wants to be a millionaire are on. Our Quarantine life has become, get excited for Masked singer on Wednesday, nothing, get excited for 90 Day Fiance on Sunday, nothing, and repeat.
I did start making cooking videos, which you can find below. You won’t find me in these because I need Dave to help film them. I looked into ordering a tripod but the shipping dates are so far, I am hoping the quarantine will be over by then, and I’ll be able to buy one from the store! He was working today when I filmed this short little video below, so I shot it as I cooked. I hope you guys enjoy it anyway. Hopefully, you’ll get to see me in some videos soon! Stay safe, everyone. I love to hear from you guys so please drop a comment below to check in and let me know how you are holding up as well!
“It’s pronounced Nee-swaa”
This salad got its name from the city of France where it originated, nice. Not pronounced nice, but niece (learned that the hard way). One day I was out to lunch with a friend and ordered the ne… nay.. ne…sco-se salad. At which the waiter looked at me obviously annoyed and replied, “it’s pronounced Ne-Swaa” with a perfect French accent. This was almost as embarrassing as the time I ordered a charcuterie board, before I knew the correct pronunciation. You should have heard I how butchered that before I knew how to pronounce that correctly. But I digress, no matter how you say it, this salad is simply delicious.
I think it’s so good because it’s not foods you typically think of in a salad. Potatoes? Olives and eggs sure, but I don’t know any other salad that has potatoes in it. The green beans, when blanched (see video below), give it a great crunchy texture, and the egg and tuna add lots of protein to keep you full for hours. The olives bring some healthy fat, and just the right amount of salt! To keep it whole 30, I used one of my favorite brands for Whole 30/Paleo dressing, primal kitchen. I’ve also done olive oil and fresh lemon, which is perfect for this dish. However, we didn’t have any fresh lemons today.
Tips, Recs, Subs
- To make this Salad keto, skip the potatoes and add another egg or some avocado!
- After I boiled the potatoes, I added Italian seasoning and some olive oil for a little extra flavor because I hate bland potatoes. This step is optional but highly recommended.
- This salad was intended to be made with kalamata olives, which I used in this recipe. However, if you don’t have them on hand, any olives will do.
- Dressing – You can use a Whole 30/Paleo approved dressing like Primal Kitchen ranch, or simply use olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon.
- Green beans – fresh is best, but I know we are in a crisis right now, and fresh food might not be the easiest, so you always have the option of subbing in canned green beans. Just make sure you drain first.
- Other add ons-a lot of times this salad comes with radishes, and you can also add grape tomatoes or avocado!
Whole 30 Nicoise Salad
- 2-3 Cups Lettuce (I used spring mix)
- 2-3 Small Red potatoes quartered and boiled for 20 minutes Omit for Keto* Optional once cooked to add Italian seasoning and olive oil for taste. See Tips, Subs & Recs section above for both options
- 1 Cup Green Beans (Can use canned or frozen that has been thawed if fresh is not available) Cooked and blanched.
- 1 Handful Kalamata Olives
- 1 hard or soft boiled egg
- 1 Can Tuna (drained)
- 1-2 Tablespoons Whole 30/Paleo Dressing OR 1 tablespoon olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon
- Additional options: Radishes & Avocado,
- Cook the potatoes. Submerge in cold water and bring to boil on the stove, cook for 15-20 minutes until fork tender. Cook the green beans in boiling water for 2-3 minutes then blanch (see video below), Cook the eggs, by boiling for 4-8 minutes depending on desired taste, peel and cut in half.
- Assemble the salad. Lettuce first, then add all ingredients, top with salt and pepper. Top with dressing.