I can’t stop talking about this Niçoise salad.

It started with a bunch of posts in my Instagram stories, from buying the ingredients to enjoying it outside on a lounge chair in the sun.

Next I took some pretty pics and posted the recipe on my regular Instagram feed.

Since I was so excited about it I made a video for IGTV.

And now I’m posting it on the blog.  Because I don’t want you to miss it!

nicoise salad eliz

This salad not only tastes delicious and comes together very quickly, it is a great mix of healthy fat, quality protein and antioxidants.

Here’s what I used:

Albacore tuna is a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids.  I really like the Wild Planet brand of canned fish and buy that whenever I can.  They use smaller, line caught tuna that are less likely to be contaminated with mercury.  Because of the mercury concerns, I don’t eat tuna all the time, but every now and then it really hits the spot!

Hard boiled egg is another source of protein and fat soluble vitamins.  I love eggs and eat them almost every day.  I took a major shortcut and used the precooked and peeled hardboiled eggs that are available in grocery stores.

Kalamata olives add a nice briny flavor and are also a source of good fat.  I find the traditional Niçoise olives to be a little too salty for me.

Grape tomatoes add a nice pop of color to this composed salad.  They’re also a good source of antioxidants and are readily available.

Green beans are a traditional ingredient in this salad, and they contribute fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and many other nutrients.  They are the only thing that I actually had to cook, but it literally took just a few minutes.

Spinach is what I used for the base of the salad, simply because I that’s what I had on hand.  This would be nice on any type of lettuce, or even arugula for a bit of a kick.  I like to vary my leafy greens since they all have slightly different nutritional profiles.

I whipped up a simple vinaigrette using equal parts Kasandrinos olive oil, raw apple cider vinegar and grainy dijon mustard.  Kasandrinos olive oil not only tastes amazing, it is super pure, imported directly from small farms in Greece.  High quality olive oil is a great source of healthy fats.  The raw apple cider vinegar provides enzymes that can aid digestion.

nicoise salad blue plate

Here’s what I did to make one salad…adjust amounts as needed.  

happy, healthy and hot Niçoise salad

eight to ten green beans

large handful of leafy greens…I used spinach

one half to one can of Albacore tuna, depending on how hungry you are

small handful grape tomatoes

one hardboiled egg, peeled and quartered lengthwise

kalamata olives to taste

vinaigrette:

one tablespoon high quality extra virgin olive oil…I love Kasandrinos

one tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar

one tablespoon grainy dijon mustard

Put beans in a small saucepan, cover with water, and cook covered on high heat until water comes to a boil.  As soon as it starts boiling, remove from heat and let beans sit in water.

While the beans sit for a few minutes, compose your salad.  Spread leafy greens on the plate, pile the tuna in the middle, and arrange the other ingredients around it.  Cutting the grape tomatoes in half makes them easier to eat. 

By the time you have the salad together, the green beans should be ready.  Drain the water and arrange green beans on the salad.

For the dressing just whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl.  You can totally adjust these to your taste.  Drizzle on the salad and enjoy! 

Can this Niçoise salad help you feel happy, healthy and hot?  Hell yeah it can! 

You’ll be happy eating a delicious meal made from healthy ingredients that is perfect for this summer weather.  Eating this way can lead to  better skin, improvements in your body, and more energy.  Very hot!

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