People often ask me for healthy and simple meal ideas. One of my favorites is Nicoise salad, because it is mostly plant-based, easy to throw together with just a little forethought, it’s filling and easily modifiable.
Let start with the classic version:
Greens, dressed with a simple mixture of lemon, white wine vinegar, mustard and olive oil.
Boiled egg, sliced or quartered.
Small boiled potatoes.
Blanched Green beans.
Olives and/or radishes.
As is, it is a delicious salad, full of veggies, protein, a little starch and a lot of deliciousness. However, for those of us who like to push the rules, there are several variations you can make within these basic guidelines of this delicious salad. Here are a few suggestions:
Greens – get creative. Why use just one lettuce type? You could use green leaf lettuce, bib lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, beat greens, kale, romaine, arugula or any combination of these.
Egg- it could be hard boiled, soft boiled, poached or even fried (over easy or sunny side up).
Boiled potatoes – use left over baked potato, saute some with onion or use cubed sweet potato.
Beans – try blanched asparagus, broccoli or snow peas.
Tuna – good canned tuna will work, or you could use slices of seared sushi grade tuna or even some leftover salmon.
Tomatoes – quartered or chucked tomatoes are the norm, but you could use grape tomatoes or a yellow heirloom variety.
Olive/Radishes – there are lots of varieties to choose from for both of these. You could also slice cooked beets, or use sliced raw turnip.
For the dressing you can zest it up with garlic, thyme, parsley, basil or use lime juice instead of lemon.
I bet you already thought of some other options I didn’t even mention. Any combination of these will create a similar, but unique version of this classic salad; all very healthy and delicious. Try one this week and let me know what you think about it! Inspire me!
Here's to healthy and delicious meals!!!
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.