This Simple Tuna Nicoise Salad recipe is quick and easy to assemble, uses fresh and canned ingredients and feeds a crowd.
Wow your family and friends with this simple recipe for Classic Tuna Nicoise Salad that uses canned tuna and ingredients found in your panty and refrigerator.
Tuna Nicoise Salad comes from Nice, France. And, being that it’s near the Mediterranean you can see why the star ingredient for this recipe is tuna.
The rest of the ingredients too are inspired from this region from decadently rich green olives, garden fresh lettuce, crisp asparagus, crunchy onions and marinated artichokes.
And, don’t forget the vine-ripened tomatoes. They are a must for this salad, too.
No matter how you dress it, this Classic Tuna Nicoise Salad will be the hit of your party–and your tastebuds, too! Above all, don’t forget the crusty bread and your favorite beverage!
Effortless dining during the week or weekend that’s quick and easy but looks divine. From my experience, I’ve made this salad for many years and love how I can assemble it in no time at all, especially when I use canned or jarred ingredients right off my pantry shelf.
And, when you need to put together a dinner party fast–and I mean FAST–this recipe for Tuna Nicoise Salad is hands down one of the easiest salads to assemble.
Nicoise Salad packs and travels well, too. You could say, it’s a great salad on-the-go. All you have to do is pack each salad ingredient in it’s own sealed container. And, once you reach your destination, you just set out the containers on a tablecloth-lined picnic table and let folks serve themselves from each container. When the event is over, you just reseal the containers and bring the leftovers home.
How to Make Simple Tuna Nicoise Salad Recipe
Start with a base of Romaine lettuce on a large serving platter and then add the rest of your ingredients one-by-one, like the spokes of a wheel.
Doing so, you create a display that is not only beautiful to behold but also easy on the hostess.
And, when the ingredients get low, all you have to do is refill each section as needed.
Now that’s easy breezy entertaining–don’t you think?
Don’t have tuna? Try cubed chicken, plank-cooked salmon, or forego meat and make it vegetarian salad. Delish!
Now what dressing to use with this salad? Try one (or all) of these recommended recipes for best results:
- Fresh Honey-Lime Dressing
- French Dijon and Garlic Vinaigrette
- Lemon Mint Vinaigrette
- Extra Virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar
Classic Tuna Nicoise Salad really makes entertaining easy on the hostess. Give it try at your next party. You’ll be glad you did! Enjoy!
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Classic Tuna Nicoise Salad
- 15 ounces tuna canned
- 1 head Romain lettuce
- 2 cups potatoes cubed, boiled, salt/pepper
- 8 eggs hardboiled, peeled, sliced in half
- 3 tomatoes sliced in half and cut into wedges
- 2 cups red onions chopped finely
- 30 oz canned asparagus 2 cans-15 oz each
- 24 oz marinated artichoke hearts (I like the Reese brand)
- 9.5 oz pitted Kalamata olives (I like the Mezzetta brand)
- 8 oz pitted Castelvetrano green olives (I like the Mezetta brand)
- Line a large serving platter with Romain lettuce. Fan out the rest of the ingredients, highlighting the tomatoes and eggs in the center. See below in Recipe Notes for salad dressing options. Serve chilled. Enjoy!