Tuna nicoise salad is one of my favourite salads. So many colours, so vibrant; you can eat it warm, cold, straight away, pack it for lunch or a picnic. You can even throw together the bare minimum tuna nicoise from store cupboard/freezer. It’s a lovely dish for spring lunches or even as a quick mid-week meal.

It really is just a case of boiling an egg, potatoes and green beans and tumbling them together with tuna, olives, capers and tomatoes and adding a good drizzle of olive oil. So simple, yet so delicious.

Tuna Nicoise Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 2-3 small new potatoes per person – peeled or scrubbed and chopped into quarters
  • 3 large handfuls of green beans (frozen is fine)
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 handfuls of rocket leaves or mixed salad leaves
  • 4 vine tomatoes – cut into wedges
  • Large handful of black olives
  • 2 tbs capers
  • 2 tins of tuna
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Flat leaf parsley


  1. Put the potatoes and green beans into a pan of water, bring to the boil and simmer for around 8-10 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  2. In another pan, put the eggs into water and bring to the boil. Gently boil for around 8-10 minutes. Run them under cold water to cool.
  3. Whilst the eggs, potatoes and beans are cooking – open the tuna and toss in lemon juice and chop the tomatoes.
  4. Add a handful of leaves to the plates.
  5. Top with green beans and potatoes.
  6. Scatter over the tuna, olives, capers and tomatoes.
  7. Peel the eggs and quarter – arrange them on top.
  8. Drizzle with olive oil.

Make it your way:

  • Don’t like eggs? Leave them out!
  • Use fresh tuna or even salmon.
  • Don’t like green beans? Try peas.
  • No potatoes? Add some pasta or gnocchi.
  • Need to make it from store cupboard? Just try pasta (or tinned new potatoes), tuna, olives, capers, green beans, eggs and sun dried tomatoes.
  • Go veggie and skip the tuna all together.




  1. Tuna rules for any season. Strange, but I’ve just recently explored this delicious fish for our family dinners.

  2. Wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing. Must admit we eat exactly such type of fresh fish salads at least 3 times a week. Feeling awesome!

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