Smoked Salmon Nicoise Salad

I’ve put a spin on a classic Nicoise salad, that normally uses tuna, with luxurious smoked salmon. This is perfect for brunch, lunch or a light dinner!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch, Main
Servings 4
Calories 416 kcal
Dairy Free, Diabetic, Gluten Free


  • 800 g waxy baby potatoes
  • 300 g green beans trimmed
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup black kalamata olives
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 400 g hot smoked salmon flaked into bite sized pieces


  • 2 teaspoons dijon or wholegrain mustard
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley chopped


  • Bring a medium-size pot of water with 1 teaspoon salt to the boil.
  • Halve or quarter potatoes so they are all roughly the same size. Boil potatoes for 10-12 minutes until just tender (use the tip of a sharp knife to test doneness). Drop beans into boiling water with the potatoes and cook for a further 3 minutes. Drain potatoes and beans. Set aside.
  • Soft-boil eggs: place eggs in a small pot of water, bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes (time carefully!). Run eggs under cold water (to stop cooking process). Once cooled, peel off shells.
  • In a large bowl (big enough to hold the salad), whisk all dressing ingredients together and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss potatoes, beans, tomatoes, olives and red onion with the dressing.
  • To serve, divide salad between plates and top with flakes of salmon. Cut boiled eggs in half lengthways (the yolk should be ever so slightly runny) and place two halves on top of each plate.


The classic French flavours in this Nicoise salad are perfect with a glass of wine of a warm day! This recipe is a great way to use beautiful new potatoes such as jersey bennes that start coming into season in November in New Zealand.
You can smoke your own salmon for an extra delicious result – check out my super easy technique here.