Tuna Niçoise salad

Moushira Abdel-Malek , Tuesday 15 Feb 2022

Tuna Ni oise salad
Tuna Ni oise salad

Serves 4-6


400 gm canned tuna chunks (drained)

1 red onion (peeled, quartered, thinly sliced)

1 medium-sized avocado (peeled, stoned, diced)

150 gm green string beans (trimmed, boiled, blanched, drained, chopped)

2 medium potatoes (boiled, peeled, diced)   

100 gm red firm tomatoes (quartered), or cherry tomatoes (halved)

100 gm black olives (halved, pitted)

100 gm feta cheese (crumbled)

150 gm lettuce 

3 hard boiled eggs (quartered horizontally) 

2 tbsp capers (rinsed, drained), optional


Juice of 4 lemons

1 tsp seeded mustard

1 tbsp dill leaves (chopped) 

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt + pepper + oregano (optional)


Cook green string beans to al dente, or to your liking.  Mix all prepared vegetables in a large serving bowl.  In another medium bowl, flake tuna by means of a fork or by hand.  Add tuna to vegetables and mix by means of two salad servers.  Mix in capers and black olives.  Into a screw top glass jar; add all dressing ingredients.  Go slow on salt; adding it to taste.  Close tightly and shake vigorously until all ingredients are incorporated and thickened.  Drizzle dressing on salad mixture.  Mix well with servers.  Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese all around the top; alternating with the egg quarters.  Serve with crusted bread; as a lunch meal of its own, or as a starter for a fish or a seafood dish.

*A version of this article appears in print in the 17 February, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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