Salmon Nicoise Salad

Monday, March 12, 2018
Salmon Nicoise Salad a light healthy favorite.
Springs arriving, the suns finally shining and fresh salmons arriving in the grocery stores.We've had some gorgeous weather lately in Seattle and Salmon Nicoise Salad is one of our favorite warm weather dinners.

Even the kids have been asking for this salad the last few weeks, I know we have strange kids with highly developed palates. It's probably because we always feed them the same thing we ate with very few modifications when they where little. The only time this becomes an issue is when we go out to 
eat and none of them want to eat off of the kids menu because the adult menu looks way more appetizing.

The warm crispy potatoes, perfectly cooked salmon, hard boiled eggs, perfectly crisp asparagus, nicoise or kalamata olives and salty little capers over a cold bed of lettuce drizzled with a white balsamic lemon vinagrette makes this a family favorite and pairs beautifully with a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.
I really shouldn't be writing about food right before lunch I'm totally ready to start gnawing on my lap top! 

I promise you this salad will rock your taste buds and leave you satisfied. Absolutely delicious! 

For the White Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette mix together white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, finely mined shallot, salt, dill, fresh basil and evoo in a container with a tight fitting lid.
Shake together until well blended.
Slice 1 pound of baby potatoes in half and toss with 3 tablespoons White Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette.
Toss these bad boys on a tray lined with parchment paper unless you don't mind scrubbing trays but really who ever likes to scrub trays and bake in a 450 degree oven for 18-25 minutes until they become crispy golden deliciousness... 
You'll need 1 fillet of salmon cut into 5 equal portions. I prefer wild salmon because of it's gorgeous deep red color and wonderful flavor.

When selecting your fillet avoid any fish that smells fishy like really fishy...Eeew.... A well handled fish will have a nice clean smell almost like the ocean. Remove any leftover bones with a pair of pliers. Salmon-Nicoise-Salad-White-Balsamic-Vinaigrette-Lemon-Juice-Dill-Thyme-Salt-Pepper.jpg
Sprinkle with dill, thyme, salt and pepper generously over the top.Salmon-Nicoise-Salad-White-Balsamic-Vinaigrette-Lemon-Juice-Fry.jpg
Heat a heavy duty skillet over medium-high heat until hot, I love my cast iron for this and add about 2 tablespoons olive oil. Coat the pan evenly with oil and add the salmon. Fry skin side down until salmon skin becomes lightly brown and crispy about 4 minutes. Flip salmon over and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until salmon releases easily from pan. Be careful not to over cook salmon it really doesn't take long to fry.

Remove the salmon from the pan and add an additional 1 tablespoon oil and quickly sauté the asparagus for about 2 minutes so it's still crunchy but just slightly softened. You could always blanch the asparagus for 1 minute in boiling water but we find the quick pan sauté works perfectly.
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Next arrange lettuce on platter and cover with the roasted baby potatoes,  sliced hard boiled eggs, sliced tomatoes, salmon, asparagus, nicoise or kalamata olives, capers and drizzle with white balsamic lemon vinaigrette. 

Oh, I almost forgot and some thinly sliced red onion or purple onions.. Whatever you want to call them.
Salmon Nicoise Salad a light healthy dinner.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! 

Yield: 5 ServingsPin it

Salmon Nicoise Salad

Salmon Nicoise Salad is filled with warm crispy potatoes, perfectly cooked salmon, hard boiled eggs, perfectly crisp asparagus, nicoise or kalamata olives and salty little capers over a cold bed of lettuce drizzled with a white balsamic lemon vinagrette makes this a family favorite.
5 out of 5 based on 3 user ratings
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 45 mins


White Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 1/3 cup White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice, About 1 Lemon
  • 1 clove Shallot, Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dill
  • 3 leaves Basil, Finely Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper, Fresh Ground
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Roasted Baby Potatoes
  • 1 pound Baby Potatoes, Sliced In Half
  • 1 1/4 pound Salmon Fillet
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Fresh Asparagus, Washed and Woody Bottoms Removed
Salmon Nicoise Salad
  • 1 pound Baby Mixed Salad Greens, Washed and Dried
  • 3 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Sliced
  • 1 pound Baby Tomatoes
  • 1/4 whole Red Onion, Sliced Thin
  • 1/2 cup Nicoise or Kalamata Olives, Drained
  • 1/3 cup Capers, Drained


White Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette
  1. Combine white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, shallot, dill, basil, salt and pepper in a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake until well combined.
Roasted Baby Potatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix potatoes with 3 tablespoons White Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette until potatoes are well coated.
  3. Place potatoes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and spread potatoes evenly in the pan. Bake for 18-25 minutes until golden brown and tender on the inside.
  1. Cut salmon fillet into 5 equal portions. Sprinkle salmon with dill, thyme, salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a heavy duty pan like a cast iron skillet until hot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and place salmon skin side down and cook for about 4 minutes until skin is lightly brown and pulls away from pan easily. Flip salmon over and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until salmon is cooked through and releases easily from pan. Be careful not to over cook salmon.
  3. Add additional 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan if needed and add asparagus. Saute asparagus for about 2 minutes over medium-high heat or until skin is tender, but asparagus is still crisp.
Salmon Nicoise Salad
  1. On a large tray arrange lettuce and top with hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, red onion, olives and capers. Add salmon, asparagus, and roasted potatoes.
  2. Drizzle with White Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette.
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Salmon Nicoise Salad- So good and easy to make! An easy lunch or dinner!


  1. This looks FABULOUS, Serena!

  2. Beautiful salad! I've never had a Nicoise salad, I'll have to try it!

  3. What a gorgeous salad! I'm so impressed with all the textures and flavors in this recipe. Delicious!

  4. G'day! I love this type of salad! YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne

  5. This is almost too pretty to eat! It looks like the perfect spring supper.

  6. I think I saw your gorgeous recipe on Foodgawker this morning!!! I was drooling then, and still am!!! I have to make this!!!

  7. I stopped by via Lizzy's Google+ site, and simply marveling at your gorgeous Nicoise platter with the fresh Salmon. The last time I made it a few years ago-(before my blog)...I made it with fresh tuna, and also added roasted beet slices, and added capers, and fresh dill. I must make it this time with the fresh salmon, and your amazing white balsamic, lemon vinaigrette, (ingredients on hand)
    Thanks for sharing...pinned it, google+ it! xo

    1. Thanks so much Elisabeth! I love the idea of the roasted beets and will have to add them next time because I'm a total beet lover!

  8. Hi I saw your salad on Tastespotting and I thought I'd drop by to tell you how lovely it it. Beautifully arranged!

  9. How beautiful is this dish?!!! And the varied tastes and textures are wonderful. I have had similar Nicoise salads before but the way this is presented is beautiful! Thanks! Trying this one this weekend!


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