Salmon Nicoise Salad is a classic french salad with wild salmon tossed in a tangy lemon dijon vinaigrette! {GF}

Salmon nicoise salad on white plate

***This post was originally published in May 2013.  The photos and recipe have been updated but the text remains largely the same.

Nicoise salads are near and dear to my heart.  The first one I ever experienced was in Paris, so you can probably see why I have a fondness for it.  There’s nothing like sitting at a french bistro outside under the awning and just absorbing the atmosphere of that beautiful city.

The nicoise salad originated in Nice, France and included anchovies, capers, hard boiled eggs, olives, tomatoes and haricot vert or green beans.  The salad has changed over time and now traditionally includes boiled potatoes and tuna, either canned or seared ahi depending on where you go.

If I see a nicoise salad on a menu, it’s a pretty safe bet that I’m going to order it.

This particular version was inspired by the Salmon Nicoise Salad at the Nordstrom Cafe.  I tried it years ago and fell in love with it.  It has all of the elements of the traditional french version, but it includes a salmon filet instead of tuna.

I’m a huge fan of wild salmon, so I love this version even more than the classic.  It appears that I’m not alone because I’ve seen salmon nicoise salads by Jamie Oliver, Barefoot Contessa and Gordon Ramsay as well.

Salmon nicoise salad on white plate

Salmon Nicoise Salad

There are several elements to this salad as you can see, and in the past I used prepare them all separately.  I would bake or grill the salmon, boil the potatoes and green beans, then hard boil the eggs.

Those days are over!

This is the era of the sheet pan dinner after all, and I prefer my potatoes and green beans roasted over boiled any day of the week.  I started off by tossing the potatoes and green beans in olive oil, dried herbs de provence, and salt and pepper and roasted them on a sheet pan for about 20 minutes.

While the potatoes and green beans roasted, I hard boiled my eggs, then doused my salmon filets with salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil and let them stand at room temperature.  Next, I tossed the green beans in some olive oil as well.

After 20 minutes, I added the salmon and green beans to sheet pan with the potatoes and roasted them for another 15 minutes or so.

Potatoes, green beans and salmon on a baking sheet

While the salmon, potatoes, and green beans cooked, I prepped all the other ingredients and made the dressing so that when the sheet pan came out of the oven we could enjoy a warm Salmon Nicoise Salad.

I love this salad warm, but it’s amazing cold too.  The leftovers (if there are any) make one incredible meal prep lunch.

The lemon dijon vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch to this salad.  The lemon and dijon mustard compliment all of the ingredients so well and bring it all together.

If you’re not a salmon person, sear a fresh ahi tuna or even use canned tuna instead.

Enjoying this Salmon Nicoise Salad is the best way I know to capture the flavors of Paris in my own home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Salmon nicoise salad on white plate

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Yield: 4 servings

Salmon Nicoise Salad

Salmon nicoise salad on white plate

Salmon Nicoise Salad is a classic french salad with wild salmon tossed in a tangy lemon dijon vinaigrette! {GF}

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


For the salad:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs de provence (or dried thyme)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 wild salmon filets (1 - 1.5 lbs.)
  • 8 ounces baby red potatoes, roasted or boiled
  • 8 ounces haricot vert or green beans, trimmed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 cups mixed spring greens
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup nicoise or Kalamata olives

For the dressing:

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Prepare the salad:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss the potatoes and green beans with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  3. While the potatoes and green beans cook, prep the salmon. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and squeeze the juice from 1/2 a lemon over each filet. Brush each filet with 1/2 tablespoon of the remaining olive oil and let stand at room temperature. Place on the baking sheet with the potatoes and green beans during the last 15 minutes of cooking time.
  4. Place the eggs in a sauce pan and cover with water by 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Immediately remove from heat and allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Drain and immerse in cold ice water until cool (this will help with easy peeling). Peel the eggs then halve lengthwise and halve again.

Prepare the dressing:

  1. Place the olive oil, lemon juice, dijon, salt and pepper in a mason jar and cover tightly. Shake vigorously until emulsified.

Assemble the salad:

  1. Divide the lettuce, cherry tomatoes, olives, egg, potatoes, green beans and salmon between (4) plates. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing, serve and enjoy!


  • The salad is delicious served warm but leftovers also make a great meal prep lunch option!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 688Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 263mgSodium: 387mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 36g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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