Salade Nicoise



Hello Everyone

I am back to blogging , after taking a sabbatical of long six months lol .. I missed my favourite thing in the world to do , make food , style it , shoot it and share the love with the world . First of all I would like to apologize to everybody for leaving blogging with out further notice , new job , India trip, a tiny injury all these added up . Now looks like I have got my mojo back to write things and publish them , which I enjoy doing the most and satisfies me . With few new year resolutions here I am back with blogging and I will be exploring a lot of new flavours and dishes this time instead of just sticking to traditional dishes , but I will most certainly few traditional dishes as well.

Now I need to really start talking about the recipe , so lets get into the basics about Salade Nicoise what it is and why I chose this salad as my coming back recipe.

What is this Salad ?

Pronounced as Ni Swaz , this salad originated from the Nice region of France. (Wikipedia)

It is traditionally made with hard boiled eggs , tomatoes , olives , olive oil and Tuna then garnished with Anchovies , some people even add vegetables like red peppers , green beans and/ or potatoes .I have made tons of differences from the traditional salad , I have used salmon instead on tuna , I have made a dressing with grainy mustard to give an extra kick to it . This salad is protein rich with all the good ingredients in it and if you can prep before hand you can have a delicious lunch at your desk as well .

Now lets see how to make this salad , you will thank me after you read this recipe LOL


Salade Nicoise
Serves 2
A delicious summer salad
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
478 calories
35 g
191 g
16 g
48 g
3 g
667 g
597 g
10 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 478
Calories from Fat 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 191mg
Sodium 597mg
Total Carbohydrates 35g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 10g
Protein 48g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the salad
  1. Micro greens/ Baby Spinach/ Spring Mix / Baby Kale - 1 cup
  2. Green Beans - one fist full
  3. Salmon - 1/2 cup flaked
  4. Hard boiled eggs - 1
  5. Cherry Tomatoes - 5 or 6
  6. Potatoes - one medium
  7. Olives- 1 tablespoon
For the Dressing
  1. Anchovies- 3 to 4 pieces
  2. Lemon Juice - 3 tablespoon
  3. Olive Oil- 4 tablespoon
  4. Grainy Mustard - 1 Tablespoon
  5. Salt & Pepper - as needed
  1. 1. First and foremost we need to make salmon , we can't have raw salmon right lol . Preheat your oven to 400 F . In a baking sheet line with parchment paper , place the salmon sprinkle salt & pepper and brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil on it . Let the salmon cook for 20 to 25 minutes in the oven and we will prep the other ingredients
  2. 2. Make hard boiled eggs , peel and keep it aside . Slightly blanch the green beans because we need a crunch to the beans it shouldn't be overcooked . Also boil the potatoes , it would be good idea to steam it instead of cooking it in water or pressure cooking it . Do not cut the potatoes , you need to use the whole potatoes , I repeat DO NOT CUT THE POTATOES
  3. 3. So now we have all the ingredients to be cooked ready except salmon because its still in the oven glistening with olive oil with all its glory .
  4. 4. And it's the time to whip up our salad dressing . Place all the ingredients for dressing in a bowl and using a fork just break the anchovies down an whisk it thats all , isn't that easy .
  5. 5. Our salmon is ready its cooked yaay . So i am sure you all know we can't use hot ingredients for a salad lol . SO all these prep work can either be done in the afternoon to have the salad in the night or the night before to have the salad for lunch . When the salmon is cooked flake it and keep the chunks in the fridge as well
  6. 6. Now the drum roll we are going to assemble THE SALAD
  7. Place the greens first , then the green beans , then fish , then cherry tomatoes , then potatoes , then hard boiled eggs , then the olives and slightly toss it with the salad dressing . Thats it finish it with sea salt and you are all good to go .
  8. 7. Grab your favourite wine and enjoy this deliciousness to your hearts content
Adapted from Joy of Cooking
Adapted from Joy of Cooking


I hope you all enjoyed my recipe , you have to promise me that you are going to make this at home and you are gonna flaunt pictures everywhere



Happy Onam – A few Onam recipes from me and my friends


 Hello Hello Everyone 

Happy Onam 

It’s that time of the year where every malayalees around the world celebrate together this auspicious harvest festival without any boundaries . This festival brings all of us together no matter which part of the world you are in . Its my immense pleasure to bring you all few sadya dishes from my archive as well as few contributions from my dear friends. 

Before we start with the dishes an introduction to this festival those who are not aware of it . 
“Onam is an ancient festival which still survives in modern times. It is one of the rarest festivals which is celebrated by a complete State, irrespective of religion, caste and creed. Kerala’s rice harvest festival and the Festival of Rain Flowers, which fall on the month of Chingam, celebrates the Asura King Mahabali’s annual visit from Patala (the underworld). Onam is unique since Mahabali (locally known as Maveli) has been revered by the people of Kerala. The King is so much attached to his kingdom that it is believed that he comes annually from the nether world to see his people living happily. It is in honour of King Mahabali that Onam is celebrated. ” 
Source- Wikipedia 

This festival brings out a lot of memories for me the morning hunt for flowers to make the pookalam , the faint smell of thumbapoo & shankhu pushpin , the aroma of coconut oil in the air , the excitement to wear new dress and meeting all cousins at grand ma’s house .I clearly remember the hustle and the exciting prep done by all my aunts, mom & grated ma just a day before onam, how I miss those days . 

To reminisce those days I have made a collective sadya post from my archives and from my lovely friends Sonal, Swati, Suchi and Sarika . 

Check out all the recipes and have a happy & prosperous Onam 



Nellikka Achar 
Udupi Style Sambar By Sonal 

Tomato Dal Rasam by Sarika 


Okra/Vendakka Thoran by Swati 

Avial/ Mixed vegetable curry in ground coconut 

Pumpkin Erissery
Kurukku Kalan / A yoghurt based raw plantain and yam curry 

Cheru Parippu Payasam/ Split yellow moong dal kheer 

Boli/ Kerala style sweet lentil flat bread

Quinoa payasam by Suchi



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