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Spring Recipe – Fordoun Salade Niçoise

Posted on: September 26, 2023, in News

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food”-George Bernard Shaw

A classic French salad that consists of the following, sweet cherry tomato, crunchy green beans, black olives, roasted baby potato, anchovy fillets, a hardboiled egg, and tuna chunks all on a bed of crisp lettuce drizzled with mustard vinaigrette. The Niçoise salad is basically a display of your ingredients on a bed of cos lettuce, so rather than mix it all up the ingredients must be displayed individually.


  • Cos lettuce (80grs)
  • Pitted black olives (15grs)
  • Green beans (15grs)
  • Baby potatoes (20grs)
  • Cherry tomatoes (20grs)
  • Tuna chunks-1/2 a tin
  • Boiled Egg (1 hardboiled egg)
  • Capers (5grs)


  • Wash and season your lettuce
  • Boil egg- hard (6-7 minutes)
  • Blanch green beans for 20 seconds on a very high heat with seasoned water-immediately place in an ice bath (loads of ice and water)-This helps to stop the cooking process and bring the color and life back into the beans.
  • Pit your olives –if not pitted.
  • Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, I prefer in half as opposed to length way as I feel that it is more appealing visually.
  • Open the tin of tuna and put chunks aside.
  • Slice your baby potatoes, season well and cook in the oven on 175 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • Place your lettuce in bowl and arrange your ingredients individually on the lettuce, season well and drizzle or serve the dressing separately.

For the dressing:

  • ½ garlic clove
  • 1 anchovy fillet (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil from the tuna can (topped up, if needed)

Place all ingredients into a mixing jug and blend till all ingredients combine.

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