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Salade Californiçoise

In Food, Recipes on September 15, 2009 at 11:27 pm


My sister, Claire, makes the best salads, and for those of you who order salads and don’t actually make salads, this is actually kind of a feat. Tonight Claire riffed on classic salade niçoise, with an inspired California newcomer, the avocado. We used cherry tomatoes from our garden—and green beans, lettuces and eggs from our neighborhood farmer’s market. Also, in true California style, we gave the carbs a miss and skipped the potatoes. You’ll also note the absence of the namesake niçoise olives, mostly because Mr. Foodinista is not an olive fan, but they would’ve been great. Finally, what makes this recipe is Ortiz Spanish canned tuna in olive oil. Proportions are at your discretion, though personally I like a generous serving of tuna and egg.

Salade Californiçoise

Mixed greens

Cherry tomatoes, halved

Haricots verts, blanched

Ortiz Spanish tuna in olive oil

Hard-boiled eggs, sliced

Capers, drained

Avocados, sliced

Salt & pepper, to taste

For vinaigrette:

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

To make dressing, whisk together oil, vinegar, shallots, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss enough dressing with mixed greens to coat, reserving some dressing to toss with blanched green beans. Divide greens among plates. Top with canned tuna, dressed beans, sliced eggs, avocados, tomatoes and sprinkle with capers.

And if you have a glass of blanc de blancs Champagne handy to toast your sister, do that too.


  1. that looks amazing! and with a nice rose? sold!

  2. Made my first Nicoise this summer when our chickens had gone mad laying a million eggs. Now I’m hooked on composed salads. Your dressing looks great!

  3. I’d love to, but I don’t quite know how (insert sheepish grin). Here’s my Turken, ZsaZsa laying her first egg:

    • thank you for sharing – that is FANTASTIC, devora. may i post that on the blog? and if so, may I please have a little more background on ZsaZsa? how are her eggs different from other hens, or are they?!

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