Niçoise Salad Anchovy Dressing & Fresh Basil

Elaine Douglas


This is my favourite way to toss together the amazing flavours of a Niçoise salad and skip the traditional fussy arrangement of the ingredients. My kids aren’t big fans of visible anchovies and don’t know that they’re hidden in the powerfully flavoured dressing loaded with tangy lemon, bright parsley and aromatic basil. They just know they love this salad and I love that it’s a whole meal in a bowl!
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6 - 12


Stove Top


1 lb
(450 g) of baby potatoes, halved
1 lb
(450 g) of green beans, ends trimmed and halved
large cucumber, cut in half lengthwise then into slices
1 pt
(500 ml) of cherry tomatoes, halved
red onion, thinly sliced
1 c
(250 ml) or so of your favourite kalamata style black olives, pitted
1/2 bunch
leaves from a large bunch of fresh basil


1/2 bunch
of parsley, leaves and tender stems
1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
lemons, zest and juice
2 oz
(55 g.) can of whole anchovies
2 Tbsp
(30 ml) dijon mustard
2 Tbsp
2 clove
garlic, smashed

Directions Step-By-Step

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a full, furious boil. Slip in the potatoes and cook them until they’re almost tender, 10 minutes or so. Add the green beans and continue simmering until a fork easily pierces the potatoes and the green beans have brightened without softening, 3 or 4 minutes longer. Drain the potatoes and green beans and spread them into a single layer on a baking sheet and cool in your fridge.

Craft the dressing while the potatoes and beans cool. Toss the parsley, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, anchovies and their oil, Dijon mustard, honey and garlic into a food processor or blender and purée until smooth.

In a large salad bowl, combine the potatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, tuna, olives and basil. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until it is lightly coated and well combined. Serve and share.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes, Salads
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Canadian
Other Tag: Healthy