Salad Nicoise

Salad niçoise

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins - 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 2

A Gordon Ramsay classic made simple. This salad niçoise is a fresh-tasting summer meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

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  • fat-
  • saturates-
  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
  • salt-


  • 300g small new potato
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 100g fine green bean, trimmed
  • 3 eggs, as fresh as you can get them



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 Baby Gem lettuces, outside leaves trimmed off
  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 200g cherry tomato, halved
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • small handful basil leaves
  • 325g piece fresh tuna loin



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • ½ lemon, juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

For the olive dressing

  • 50g black olive, preferably niçoise, pitted
  • 5 marinated anchovies fillets



    Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…

  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ lemon, juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…


  1. First, make the dressing. Tip the olives, anchovies and garlic into a large mortar and mash with a pestle until you have a very rough paste. Scrape into a bowl, if you like, stir in the lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar, then set aside.

  2. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 15 mins until tender, then drain and set aside. Cook the beans in boiling salted water for 4-5 mins until tender with a slight crunch. Drain, tip into iced water, then drain again and set aside. Boil a small pan of water and cook the eggs until cooked to your liking, about 6 mins for a soft yolk and 7½ mins for a harder yolk.

  3. Halve the potatoes and heat 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan. Place the potatoes cut-side down in the pan and sizzle for about 4 mins until golden and crisp. Toss the potatoes in the pan to brown on all sides, then turn up the heat and add the tomatoes. Fry the tomatoes for about 1 min until just starting to blister, then season. Splash in 1 tbsp of the balsamic vinegar, then turn off the heat and scatter over the basil.

  4. To cook the tuna, place a non-stick frying pan over a high heat, then turn the heat down to medium and add 1 tbsp oil. Season the tuna generously, then sear for 4 mins, leaving it undisturbed in the pan to brown. Turn over and continue to cook for 4 mins on the other side. This will give you very rare tuna. For rare, cook for 2 mins more on each side and for well done, add another 4 mins on each side. Set the tuna aside to rest for a few mins.

  5. To serve, whisk the remaining oil and vinegar with the lemon juice in a small bowl and toss in the lettuce wedges. Place a spoonful of olive dressing into 2 serving bowls, arrange the potatoes and tomatoes over, then put a pile of beans on top. Slice the tuna in half at a slight angle and place each half on top of the beans. Wedge the lettuce around the outside, halve the eggs and position in between the lettuce. Dollop a small spoonful of olive dressing on each egg.

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11th Mar, 2020
This was properly delicious!!! My mouth starts to water every time I think about that olive dressing! The crispy potatoes with the tomatoes is also delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and my husband said it’s in his all time top 3 dishes... mine too! Will definitely make this again and again!
11th Jul, 2018
Delicious, especially the olive dressing. However, it was interesting to see that the nutritional values were blank for this recipe. Out of interest, I did a rough calculation and can see that the calorie total might put people off! Probably worth it though and will definitely make this again.
29th Jan, 2013
Its just fine.
14th May, 2012
As good as any restaurant version, dressing is excellent
9th Jul, 2011
The olive and anchovy dressing is FABULOUS. As for the complete dish, I enjoyed it, but I think I expected a little more. I also think there is FAR too much dressing overall, in fact I didn't make the one for the lettuce, I just used extra olive dressing - it tastes so good that it was a bonus to use a little more! A recipe for two people with NINE tbsps of oil is, IMO anyway, excessive - add three tbsps of balsamic and the juice of a lemon and that is one heck of a lot of liquid for a salad that serves two! That said, overall, with a few tweaks, this is a nice recipe that I will make again.
9th May, 2011
Nice twist on a classic recipe. I left out the final dressing for the lettuce altogether, though. I found the olive dressing quite oily, even using only 3 tbsp olive oil, and this was more than sufficient to coat the lettuce leaves as well. I also added a pinch of sugar to the olive dressing to take the tart edge off the lemon.
24th Oct, 2009
I loved this recipe, it gives an uplifting vibrance as it is so light and fresh. I didnt use tuna but instead I used pork which is really nice if you have it in winter. In summer I left out the broad beans as they were not very good quality. I just used more lettuce instead, yum!!!
2nd Jun, 2009
This recipe was delicious and I will definitely make again. My only complaints are that the portion size was huge and I only cooked 2 eggs, halved the amount of tomatoes used and had smaller Tuna Steaks. I also think that someone needs to look at the method as it could be simplified and organised better, when I make it again I would completely rework the method. The eggs are also missing from the method and it's unclear whether the olive/garlic/anchovy paste should remain as a tapenade or be mixed with the Olive Oil and Lemon Juice.
22nd Feb, 2009
This was absolutely lovely and the amount was just great. I left out the tomatoes for myself but the olive and anchovy dressing was fantastic ! A real taste sensation and one that I'll definately do again.
1st Feb, 2009
This is a fair rendition, but it would help to post ingredients, first, so we know if it's what we are looking for, indeed, the one we want before going through the whole recipe.


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