Loaded Nicoise Salad


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I live for a majorly loaded salad moment! And today it’s all about this stunning Loaded Nicoise Salad!
Loaded Nicoise Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

The Nicoise Salad is, in my opinion, the French version of the Cobb. And after posting a billion Cobb recipes here on WGC, and having 4 of them coming in my new cookbook, I’m taking the French version for a spin. Traditionally it’s loaded with tuna, green beans and potatoes – but I lightened it up a bit and ditched the potatoes, replaced them with marinated tomatoes and tied it all together with a ton of fresh herbs and a really addictive vinaigrette that you’ll love. It’s another knife and fork salad recipe that I know you’ll enjoy!

Loaded Nicoise Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
This recipe itself is quite easy and packed with flavor. Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil in Easy Open Cans, some market lettuce, and then a bunch of stuff that’s probably sitting in your fridge right this very minute. It doesn’t take long to whip up, and to prove it… check out the video below!

Loaded Nicoise Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
As you know, I’m teaming up with Genova for the next few months to bring you some incredible recipes with my California girl spin. The Genova brand was introduce to me a few months ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since! You can use either yellowtail or albacore for this salad, both are delish and both are packed in olive oil and come in these super easy to open cans that you can pop open and add to just about anything – like this salad! It’s gorgeous, loaded with everything you need to make salad into a meal, and perfect for feeding a crowd!
Nicoise Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Nicoise Salad



For the Lemon Chive Vinaigrette

  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup chives
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the Marinated Tomatoes  

  • 1 ½ cup tomatoes quartered  
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

For the Salad

  • 2 6- oz cans Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil Very Low Sodium in Easy Open Cans
  • 1/3 lb Haricot Verts blanched
  • 4-5 Persian cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 5-6 cups market lettuce Butter Lettuce, Little Gem
  • ½ cup black olives pitted
  • ½ cup castelvetrano olives pitted
  • 1 Roasted Red Bell Pepper sliced  
  • 1 cup Breakfast Radishes quartered
  • Fresh Dill chopped, for sprinkling over
  • Fresh Chives chopped, for sprinkling over


For the Lemon Chive Vinaigrette

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

For the Marinated Tomatoes  

  • Combine the tomatoes, red onion, oregano, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl and toss to combine. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

For the Salad

  • On a large serving platter, arrange the market lettuce with piles of the tuna, blanched haricot verts, cucumbers, both kinds of olives, red bell pepper and breakfast radishes. Sprinkle with the fresh herb and serve with the vinaigrette.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Marian Cooper Cairns / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Sommer @aspicyperspective

    Oh, this salad looks fantastic!! I can’t wait to dig into this salad soon!

  2. Katie

    This looks wonderful! Such a nutritious, flavor packed salad. I have never made one at home.

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Nicoise salad is one of my favs…and I LOVE Genova tuna! Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Susan

    Been eating Genova tuna for years on my delicious Niçoise salads! I will admit that I hate the new pop-top cans though. You have to run your finger under the rim to get all of the tuna out. Wish they’d go back to the old design.

  5. Julie | Table for Two

    Holy deliciousness! I could eat this every single day!

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  7. Alyssa | EverydayMaven

    Nicoise Salad is the best and I love using high quality tuna like this to save time!

  8. Gigi

    This salad looks amazing! What you have there are lovely French beans. Haricot vert are adorable petite carrots…..I served in restaurants to pay for expensive art supplies in college :). I have a dear friend who was recently diagnosed with MS – this hits all of her dietary requirements for today lunch! Thank you for the wonderful idea and for the Spinach Smoothie we sampled this morning. My toddler loved it!

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  10. Barbara

    Heads up, the quantity on the green beans is showing up for me as a question mark.

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