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Five-Ingredient Dinner: Weeknight Niçoise

Weeknight Tuna Niçoise Salad

We are almost in March which means after a winter of limp, flavorless lettuces, we are heading into greens season. Hallelujah! What better way to celebrate than with this super easy niçoise salad, the latest in our five-ingredient dinner series…

Weeknight Niçoise Salad

…and submitted by Cup of Jo reader Carolyn. “It’s a total gem!” she says. “My husband introduced me to it. Now we make it together, falling into a familiar rhythm in the kitchen, talking about our days as we chop.” Plus, she adds, it’s ready in 30 minutes and tastes “better than takeaway — even Sweetgreen!” Here’s how to make it.

Simple Salad Niçoise
Serves 2

You’ll need:
12 small potatoes
2 handfuls of haricots vert or green beans
4 eggs
1 bunch romaine or Bibb lettuce
1 4-ounce can of albacore tuna (in water or oil)

Boil potatoes until tender, about 10 minutes. (If a knife cuts through one easily, they’re ready.) Blanch two big handfuls of green beans, and make seven-minute eggs. Fill a bowl with washed greens and top with one can of tuna (drained), the cooked veggies, and eggs. Season with salt, pepper and your favorite bottled vinaigrette.

Thank you, Carolyn!

P.S. More five-ingredient dinners, and Trader Joe’s hacks.

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Wow, this was a super easy and healthy recipe. I have been wanting to have tuna for so long and I just found the perfect recipe for it. Thanks!

  2. Sophia C. says...

    I saw your post on my Instagram feed yesterday and it inspired me to make it for dinner! It was delicious.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad to hear that!

  3. Danielle Breen says...

    I know this is a five ingredient recipe, but with a really simple homemade vinaigrette (which keeps up a to a week in the fridge) it will be so much better.

    Nicoise Vinaigrette:
    Olive oil and Red Wine Vinegar (3 to 2 ratio respectively)
    Grated Garlic (1 Clove) – Optional
    1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

    • Skye says...

      Exactly right!

  4. claudia says...

    Actually there are no potatoes nor green french beans in a real salade niçoise! so you can swipe these two with olives, radishes, celery, green peppers, anchovies and spring onion! okay it may be not 5 ingredients but you get the idea!

  5. Alyssa says...

    A Nicoise salad gets it’s name from Nicoise olives. This version contains no olives at all… maybe it should be called something different?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a great point, alyssa!

    • rachel says...

      The name refers to it being from the City of Nice, not the olives… And variations abound.

  6. Milou says...

    Does anyone have ideas of what could be substituted for the tuna for a vegetarian?

    • Tania Barnes says...

      I was wondering the same thing! I’m not a tuna fan. I’m thinking you could add some nice French le Puy lentils and, as others have suggested, maybe some olives and/ or capers.

    • kiki says...

      garbanzo beans!

    • Milou says...

      Thank you! I will try both!

    • Em says...

      Halloumi! (But I’m always looking for an excuse it put it on something.) Chickpeas or lentils sound good too.

    • Stephanie says...

      We make a variation on this with olives and cherry tomatoes and cucumber. It’s a little more chopping but a lot more filling and interesting, and then the egg feels like enough protein to not have any other meat or fish.

    • white beans, halloumi (cheese!!!), mushrooms

  7. Love this salad! I am known to be a very lazy cook and to save more time, I cook the potatoes and eggs and beans all in the same pot of water hehehhe.

    • Emma says...

      Haha, I took your advice and did this while making this recipe for lunch today. It was SO much easier. Thanks Jasmine!!

  8. Emily says...

    This looks so delicious!! Bookmarking to make this week :)

    • Jessica says...

      I second this!

  9. Lauren says...

    I make a very similar salad but kick it up with a bit with capers and/or kalamata olives. No prep involved in those ingredients beyond removing them from the jar! Also, this is a great two-night meal – the second night is just tossing everything together and takes almost no time. Bon appetit!

    • KP says...

      Heck yes!!!

    • Frances says says...

      Love making Salad Niscoise. The lettice is not necessary if it is not available. Best with traditional homemade dressing with potatoes and green beans marinated seperately. The lady two comments above has a good dressing recipe. Add good bread and anice Chardonnay and enjoy. Chicken or Chilled Shrimp are nice variations.

  10. Katie says...

    So lovely and easy to adapt with whatever leftover veg are in the fridge! If you can find Tonnino brand oil-packed tuna (in jars) I recommend it over the canned stuff.

    For an easy homemade dressing, I like to make a dressing of equal parts dijon, mayo, and lemon juice for a sort of cheater caesar dressing. Would work well with this salad if you don’t have a vinaigrette on hand!

  11. Whitney says...

    I’ve been buying cans of Blue Harbor tuna at Publix and having one for lunch 3-4 times a week. It’s a bit more expensive but the fish is super tasty, no additives, and so versatile. My favorite is mixing it with arugula, chopped red onion, and feta. Dressed with oil and champagne vinegar. It packs a punch of protein.

  12. Erin says...

    Oooh, tell me about that scalloped white dish the tuna is in. I love it.

  13. Molly says...

    My favorite super easy dressing is from Ina Garten and it would be great with this!
    1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, salt to taste.
    You could add dijon mustard if you want to get fancy. :)

  14. Amy says...

    Mmmmmm this looks so good! I’ll take anything with an egg on it.

  15. celeste says...

    Cheap and great for the start of Lent. Thanks.

  16. Haley says...

    What brand of tuna is this? It looks a bit more tasty than Chicken of the Sea!

    • Kelly says...

      I don’t know what brand that is but we love a brand called Tonnino that does jarred tuna – their jalapeno flavored tuna is great!

    • Loren says...

      Another Tonnino jalapeño tuna addict!!!! The Lot Less down the street from my office often sells it for $5.99, and I stock up.

  17. Annie K. says...

    Yum!
    Does anybody have a favorite common bottled vinaigrette? I usually do a slug of olive oil + lemon juice and white vinegar, but would love to have a bottle on hand because sometimes even all that’s too much work.

    • amanda says...

      Agree! My go to is Trader Joe’s…heavier on the vinegar than most which is just the way I like it. I buy the regular not the fat-free.

    • Julie says...

      I recently bought Trader Joe’s Rose vinaigrette and it is very good. Tasty and easy to have on hand.

    • Kate says...

      I make this one in a Dijon mustard jar at the beginning of the week and use it for multiple salads. If I’m making it just for one family salad, I use 1 tsp each vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon + 1 Tbsp olive oil; if I’m making it for the week, I use 1 Tbsp each + 3 T olive oil. Tangy, sweet with a touch of spice – it’s perfect!
      * Equal parts apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard
      * Add olive oil in the same amount of those first 3 ingredients combined
      * Add salt/pepper
      * shake or whisk until emulsified
      Delicious on anything green!

  18. K says...

    This looks so so so delicious! Making it this week!

  19. How about a 6-ingredient version? Must have Greek olives!

    • Kate says...

      I know, right? This is my family’s favorite meal. It’s surprisingly kid friendly, but they absolutely would not eat it without the olives.