Nicoise-Inspired Salad

Nicoise-Inspired Salad
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Low carb and packed with protein, this simpler version of Salade Nicoise relies on pantry staples, and can be eaten on it's own or paired with another side for a more filling meal. You can sub ingredients for what you have on hand—use any kind of salad green instead of arugula; any kind of olive will work, or sub something like capers or feta cheese for the same savory, briny flavor; instead of tomatoes (or in addition!) you could use bell peppers, cucumber, sugar snap peas, or any other fresh vegetables. If you don't have bottled dressing, you can make a simple vinaigrette with lemon juice, olive oil, and black pepper.


  • Prep time
    8 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    2 cups
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    2 cups
  • Amount per serving Calories 200

  • Total Fat 13g
    • Saturated Fat 2.7g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 190mg
  • Sodium 320mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 7g
    • Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Total Sugars 4g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 14g
  • Potassium 490mg
  • Phosphorus 215mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Nonstarchy vegetable, 2 Lean protein, 2 Fat



  • arugula or other salad greens
    1 (5-oz) package
  • light Italian salad dressing (divided)
    1/3 cup
  • hard-boiled eggs (peeled and quartered lengthwise)
  • canned, sliced black olives (or any other olive) (drained)
    1/4 cup
  • tuna packed in water (drained and flaked with a fork)
    1 (5-oz) can
  • grape tomatoes
    2 cup


  1. In a large bowl, add the lettuce and 3 Tbsp of the vinaigrette and toss well to combine. Arrange on a platter or individual plates.

  2. Top the salad with the eggs, olives, tuna, and tomatoes. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and serve.