Niçoise Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Basil-Mustard Vinaigrette

Niçoise Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Basil-Mustard Vinaigrette
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Niçoise Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Basil-Mustard Vinaigrette

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Niçoise Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Basil-Mustard Vinaigrette

When a salad graduates from an afterthought to a showpiece, chances are you’re talking Salade Niçoise.

Packed with flavor, it’s a light but complete meal that also sticks to your ribs. It’s perhaps my favorite dish to have on hot days.

Here I take the classic Provençal dish and serve it with grilled vegetables and a basil vinaigrette — all in celebration of summer’s exuberant flavors.

On a side note, although my Niçoise is fishless, grilled tuna steak would be a great addition to it.

See all tuna recipes.

Notes

*Note: Make sure the slices stay attached together.

Directions

For the vinaigrette

Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until the basil is finely chopped and the vinaigrette is well-blended. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

For the grilled vegetables

Preheat a gas grill on high heat or prepare a charcoal grill. Lightly brush the eggplant slices on both sides with olive oil. Season with salt, to taste, and grill until grill marks appear on all sides. Transfer to a tray and set aside.

Place the onion slices in a bowl. Add the vinegar and oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss carefully, taking care not to break the slices apart, and transfer to a perforated stainless steel pan. Grill until charred. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

For the salad

Spread the baby arugula on a large serving platter. Top with the grilled eggplant, grilled onions, potatoes, haricots verts, tomatoes, eggs, olives, and caper berries. Serve with the vinaigrette on the side.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

338 kcal

Daily value:

17%

Servings:

4
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 64 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 9 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 2680 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 134 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 16 mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 4 µg
  • Ash 1 g
  • Calcium, Ca 64 mg
  • Carotene, beta 132 µg
  • Choline, total 5 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 30 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 5 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 4 g
  • Folate, DFE 19 µg
  • Folate, food 19 µg
  • Folate, total 20 µg
  • Iron, Fe 2 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 174 µg
  • Luteolin 1 mg
  • Magnesium, Mg 21 mg
  • Niacin 2 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 44 mg
  • Potassium, K 269 mg
  • Selenium, Se 2 µg
  • Sodium, Na 477 mg
  • Sugars, total 6 g
  • Water 228 g
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