Salade Niçoise

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This is the most famous French salad, and it’s definitely the healthiest. This salad was invented in Nice, along the Mediterranean coast. It’s a perfect example of the celebrated Mediterranean diet.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 3 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained
  • 1 can (5 oz.) tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 6 large basil leaves, shredded
  • ½ cup small black olives

Directions

  • Fill a medium bowl with ice water and set aside. Place eggs in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil eggs for 10 minutes. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon, then plunge them into ice water. Reserve.
  • Rub the garlic clove on the inside of a large salad bowl, crushing the clove as you do so.
  • Add vinegar, salt, and pepper to the bowl and stir well. Whisk in olive oil.
  • Add the salad greens and toss to coat. Add tomatoes and green onion and toss again.
  • Add anchovies and tuna and stir again. Remove eggs from water and peel and quarter them. Add to the salad.
  • Add basil leaves and the olives just before serving.