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Niçoise Rice Salad Recipe

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I just got home from a quick ladies’ getaway to beautiful Lake Tahoe. This was a spur of the moment trip. A friend had a booked timeshare unit that she was no longer able to use,  a friend recently lost the love of her life – her soulmate, a few of us were available to get away; and so we did. A few days devoted to friendship, healing, laughter, and some tears. The power of friends should never, ever, be underestimated.

Lake Tahoe Friends

While we were there we visited Garwoods the home of wooden boats and their famous Wet Woodys. Sitting overlooking the lake we had a delicious dinner.  I enjoyed their Niçoise salad topped with grilled salmon. Yum!


And this had me thinking of a favorite Niçoise Rice Salad that I love and make at home.

Rice Nicoise Salad

This Niçoise Rice Salad recipe came to me from a cooking class that I took at Kitchen on Fire in Berkeley, CA. This is the same cooking school that my husband and stepson took a class at as well. They learned how to make sushi and you can read all about their class here.

The class I took was with my daughter. This was a Christmas gift for her one year. She loves to cook and has her own blog, Eating Right With Every Bite. We learned a few new recipes in our class, but the one that has really stuck with me and has become part of my regular cooking routine is this Niçoise Salad.

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Unlike a typical green salad, this Niçoise Salad is made with rice instead. A nice way to change it up, and the rice holds the flavor so well! We especially enjoy this meal after a long bike ride or workout when we really are craving a few more carbs. There are so many layers of flavor built into this salad starting with the dressing and then topped of with the olives, anchovies, green beans, hard boiled egg, and tomatoes. It looks as beautiful as it tastes!

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Niçoise Rice Salad Recipe

From Kitchen on Fire Serves 6-8


  • 2 − 3 cups Cooked White Rice
  • 2-3 cups Fresh Green Beans, blanched for 4-6 minutes or just tender, and cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 2 medium Carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Shallots, finely minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons Fresh Thyme or Oregano, finely chopped
  • 4 Tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • Two 3-ounce Cans Chunk Tuna, preferably oil-packed and coarsely crumbled
  • 2 − 3 tablespoons Capers, rinsed and drained.
  • 6 Hard-boiled Eggs, Peeled and wedged
  • 1 freshly opened can of Anchovy fillets
  • 1/3 cup Black Niçoise-type olives
  • 4 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, finely chopped, divided. Some for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

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  1. Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, shallots, thyme, some parsley and season with salt and pepper. Let marinade for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Slowly whisk in the oil until will emulsified.
  3. Mix the tuna, green beans and capers with some vinaigrette into a large bowl. niçoise rice salad
  4. When well coated with dressing add the rice and mix gently, add some more dressing if needed.niçoise rice salad
  5. Place in a large serving bowl and place tomatoes, anchovies, eggs, and black olives on top decoratively. Sprinkle with remaining parsley. ( I plated mine individually this time)
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Unlike a typical green salad, this Niçoise Salad is made with rice instead. A nice way to change it up, and the rice holds the flavor so well!
Unlike a typical green salad, this Niçoise Salad is made with rice instead. A nice way to change it up, and the rice holds the flavor so well!


(12) Comments

  1. Great looking salads! Hot summer days are perfect for salads

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes they are! I use a rice cooker for the rice – so easy! I got my first rice cooker just a few years back. I had no idea how easy they are!

  2. Oh, my! That looks delicious! I love the sharp flavor of olives in my salad. I’m adding the ingredients to my Costco list for next weekend.

    1. Stacey says:

      I LOVE olives, too! Let me know how it goes for you and what you think of the flavors. We love it!

  3. Lake Tahoe looks beautiful! And this salad is totally going to be made this week for dinner! Living in Hawaii, everyone here is HUGE on rice, so this salad is sure to be popular! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Stacey says:

      Lake Tahoe is beautiful! Yes, even though it is French in nature – the fish and rice makes it perfect for the Islands. Enjoy!

  4. everything looks delish! im glad you had a nice quick getaway.

    1. Stacey says:

      Thank you, Winifred. We did!

  5. This looks fab. I would substitute the fish for Quorn chicken and I am good to go!

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, that would be an easy swap for anyone wanting to make it a vegetarian dish.

  6. Yum this looks amazing. I’m pretty sure my whole family would love this, I will have to give this a try! Delicious.

    1. Stacey says:

      Oh it is! Some in my family opt not to have the anchovies, but that is easy to skip.

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