This salad features all the classic niçoise ingredients and flavors, with a bright and fresh lemony dressing, and uses fresh seared tuna in place of canned. The tuna will be rare in the center. Add an additional 2 to 3 minutes per side for more doneness., January 2023


Credit: Jason Donnelly

Recipe Summary

45 mins
50 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place a steamer basket in the bottom of a large pot and add water to just below the bottom of the basket. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes to the basket and reduce heat to medium; cook, covered, until tender, about 15 minutes. (Do not remove pot from heat.) Transfer potatoes to a plate and let cool for about 10 minutes. 

  • Meanwhile, add green beans to the basket; cook over medium heat, covered, until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer the beans to the plate with the potatoes. Cut the cooled potatoes in half crosswise.

  • Whisk lemon juice, shallot, mustard and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisking constantly, gradually drizzle in 4 tablespoons oil. Whisk in parsley until combined.

  • Pat tuna dry; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the tuna and cook, turning once, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice 1/2-inch thick against the grain. 

  • Arrange lettuce on a platter or 4 plates; top with the sliced tuna, halved potatoes, green beans, eggs, tomatoes and olives. Drizzle evenly with the dressing and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

3 cups salad, 2 oz. tuna & 2 Tbsp. dressing
356 calories; protein 20g; carbohydrates 19g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 3g; fat 23g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 15g; poly fat 2g; cholesterol 115mg; vitamin a iu 3105IU; vitamin b3 niacin 11mg; vitamin b12 2mcg; vitamin c 15mg; vitamin d iu 61IU; vitamin e iu 4IU; folate 42mg; vitamin k 73mg; sodium 640mg; calcium 97mg; chromium 1mcg; iron 2mg; magnesium 38mg; phosphorus 230mg; potassium 467mg; zinc 1mg; omega 6 fatty acid 2g; niacin equivalents 14mg; selenium 60mcg.