Vegan Salade Nicoise on a plate with lots of herbs
Vegan Salade Nicoise
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 

A super easy and summery vegan salad inspired by the classic Salade Nicoise.

Course: BBQ, Dinner, lunch, picnic, Salad
Cuisine: French, Vegan
Keyword: nicoise, nicoise salad, Potato Salad, salade nicoise, summer salad
Servings: 4
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer
Ingredients
For the Salad
  • 500g whole baby or salad potatoes
  • 200g fresh green french beans
  • 200g very good quality tomatoes either cherry or larger. The important thing is they taste of tomato!
  • 50-80g good quality black olives or green olives. You want the juicy real ones from the deli, not the ones from a tin!
  • handful herbs: chives or parsley are nice finely chopped.
For the Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp capers roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp caper brine the 'juice' that the capers come in
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Dijion Mustard
  • 2 tsp agave, coconut or maple syrup you can use sugar too- just need to make sure it dissolves properly
Instructions
For the Salad
  1. Boil the baby potatoes until just tender.

  2. Top & Tail the beans, removing any strings. Add them to the boiling potatoes & cook for around 2 minutes.

  3. Remove the beans & potatoes from their boiling water & refresh in cold water to stop them cooking. I like to put the beans in some iced water so they retain their snap.

  4. Chop the tomatoes & olives,

  5. Arrange everything on a plate, drizzle over the dressing & sprinkle over the herbs.

For the Dressing.
  1. In a cup, mug or jam jar mix together all the ingredients until they are combined. Taste & adjust (add more oil, a touch more mustard- to your own taste!)

  2. This recipe makes enough to dress 2 or 3 salads. Simply keep in a jar in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is delicious with extra capers added. 

You can also add in crunchy leaves (romaine or little gem are good) 

I sometimes add in tofu puffs (they soak up the dressing!) for a more substantial salad. Or you could add cubes of smoked tofu too. 

This salad keeps well so makes it perfect for picnics or to take for a working day lunch.