Salad Nicoise

There’s a very good reason why the French Salad Nicoise is a classic – It’s delicious!  I’m not a huge lover of potatoes, so mine is spud free.

Traditionally made with new potatoes, green beans and boiled eggs, if you’re watching your weight this is the perfect mix of protein and salad greens for you – Of course I’ve Jax’d it up a bit, but I’m sure you’ll agree it still a classic –  and I could always eat more!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

Serves: 2-4


3 soft boiled eggs
60g green beans, topped and tailed
pinch salt
125g rocket leaves (or half a packet)
½ telegraph cucumber
185g tin tuna, drained (oil or water)
½ red onion, thinly sliced
100g black olives, pitted
2 tomatoes, sliced into wedges
1 tbsp anchovies, chopped thinly
1 tbsp capers
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
½ red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
2 tbsp mayonnaise (can use light)
Parmesan to garnish
half a lemon, zest and juice



Take a small saucepan and fill with about an inch of water, a good pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Pop in your beans and cook for about 2 – 4 mins. Drain, refresh in some cold water and set aside.

Pop your rocket in a large salad bowl.

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from your cucumber then continue around until you have a heap of cucumber ribbons. You can stop once you see the seeds as this is mainly water.

Take your ribbons and gently squeeze out any excess water then toss through the rocket leaves. Chop your eggs into wedges and place in with your rocket and cucumber. Slice your beans and add to your salad.

Now place in the tuna, onion, olives tomatoes, anchovies, capers, parsley and chilli.

Very gently toss through the mayonnaise, zest and juice. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

To serve, garnish with freshly grated parmesan