Salmon Nicoise Salad makes an elegant, healthy meal, with leftover salmon and crispy vegetables! Add soft-cooked eggs, and toss with Blue Cheese dressing!

Friends, enjoy this beautiful spring and summer take on the classic Niçoise Salad, using leftover salmon!

We eat a lot of salmon this time of year, such as Baked Maple Miso Salmon and Sesame Chili Grilled Salmon. Take the leftovers and make a heart-healthy salad!

Salmon Nicoise Salad

This Salmon Nicoise Salad full of colors and textures, and we love it served with blue cheese dressing.

What is salade niçoise?

Salad Nicoise typically contains tuna, but we love it with salmon! Top crisp butter lettuce (also called Boston or Bibb lettuce) with tomatoes, cooked green beans, potatoes (optional), and hard-boiled eggs (we like soft-cooked).
Then you can add anchovies, capers, black olives, or your favorite toppings!
If you want to make your own classic nicoise salad dressing, try this French recipe.

Use leftover salmon

Cook an extra salmon fillet, let it cool, and then break into large flakes for topping lunch  or dinner salads.

Butter Lettuce Spring Veggie and Salmon Salad
Mediterranean Salmon Salad

What does Nicoise mean in cooking?

In French, Nicoise means “in the style of Nice.” It is the cooking style of Nice, France. Typical recipes have black olives, tomatoes and anchovies, but of course anchovies are optional!

Ingredients for salmon nicoise salad

  • Fresh lettuce greens
  • Leftover salmon
  • Crisp green beans
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Soft-cooked jammy eggs
  • White Northern Beans
  • Red onion, green onion
  • Blue cheese dressing

Paul and Sandy 25 years ago

Almost 30 years of marriage

Almost daily, I make a salad for my husband for lunch, and we sit and eat together. Since we both work from home, we’re very lucky that we get to connect with each other so often. We both support each other’s work and mission for making this world a better place, and feel very fortunate that we’re able to do this. It’s not as easy as you think … marriage.

I always say if marriage is too easy, then you’re not working hard enough at it.

It takes hard work, commitment, a willingness to change, dying to self. I notice the words below, willing, unwilling, willing, unwilling. Marriage is so much about our wills.

Above–a picture of me and Paul almost 30 years ago on one of our first dates! So fun.

true love

I also appreciate how much my parents taught me about love. This prized photo of them was taken in Sierra Vista (Fort Huachuca), AZ, in 1962, when my Dad was working for the Bendix Corp. Aren’t they cute?

Perfect Soft Boiled Egg Recipe

This salad is so very good with white beans and soft cooked eggs!

Which, by the way, remember how to boil the perfect egg? Follow my easy method, here.

It works every time.

Once the eggs are cooked and cooled, store in the fridge until ready to eat. Run under cold water to peel!

Nicoise Salad Recipe

So we made our own version of Salmon Nicoise Salad (pronounced nee-suaz), using leftover green beans, and skipped the traditional potatoes, anchovies, and olives!

Instead of canned tuna, we used leftover salmon.

Oh, and to keep it easy, I used a store-bought blue cheese dressing with added green onions!

Delicious lunch or dinner tonight!

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Salmon Nicoise Salad

TIP: To soft-cooked eggs, with a spoon, gently place each egg in a medium pot of boiling water. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water and fill the pan with a mixture of cold water, and ice cubes; let stand until the eggs are completely cooled. Always peel under cold running water!


  • Fresh lettuce greens Leftover salmon
  • Leftover salmon, left in chunks
  • Cooked green beans, blanched
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Soft cooked eggs, halved
  • 1 15 oz can White Northern Beans (or Cannelini beans), drained
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Green onion, chopped
  • Blue Cheese dressing


  • Lay greens in a large bowl or on a platter. Layer leftover salmon and cooked green beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and beans on top of the green.
  • On a large platter, arrange lettuce, salmon, green beans, beans, eggs, tomatoes, and onion. Serve a bleu cheese dressing topped with green onions on the side.



Originally posted FEB 2015
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