Anatomy of a Salad Nicoise

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Niçoise salad is a dish prepared with various vegetables, often including both. Salade Niçoise is a specialty of the French province of Côte D’Azur, with the salad named after the city of Nice.

The traditional Salade Niçoise recipe consists of the salad being served on a fat plate or platter and is made to rest on a bed of lettuce leaves. Ripe red tomato wedges, steamed green beans, and sliced hard boiled eggs are the common ingredients found in a Salade Niçoise. Boiled potatoes are quartered and served along with the salad too. The vegetables are topped with anchovies and tuna before being served with French vinaigrette.

Originally, the Niçoise salad contained only vegetables in their raw forms, with shallots, artichoke hearts, and red peppers being added to the platter. Boiled potatoes or any form of cooked vegetables were strictly discouraged by the people of Nice, who preferred to eat their Niçoise salad as crudités (an appetizer of raw vegetables that can be dipped in sauce).


Words by Migs Borja Yambao

Photographed by Zac Moran of Studio 100


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