Tuna Salad Nicoise #CookForJulia #SundaySupper

by Renee on August 5, 2012

Tuna Salad Nicoise

The official celebration for Julia Child’s 100th birthday begins today, Sunday, August 5th, 2012. The celebration runs through to her birthday on August 15th. I am so excited about it and even started the celebration early. Do you know who else is excited about it? I do! It is the wonderful team of Sunday Supper bloggers. Today’s #CookForJulia event features recipes and inspiration from Julia.

Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal. – Julia Child

What a quote! It shows that Julia knew the value of gathering around the family table for a good meal. I can only imagine what her Sunday Suppers were like. Just think of her table filled with all the incredible food and surrounded by her loved ones. It had to be a delightful experience. It is also something each of us can do with our own family and friends. That is what Sunday Supper is all about.

I am sharing a recipe for tuna salad nicoise. It is one of my favorite salads. It is also one I discovered only a few years ago thanks to my friend Terry who took me to a French restaurant for my birthday. I immediately fell in love with it as soon as I took my first bite. It is a beautiful salad loaded with so many of the foods I enjoy – tuna, olives, potatoes, eggs, and green beans. The lemon dressing ties everything together in such a nice way.

My recipe is general in nature. I have provided a list of ingredients without quantities. You can use your best judgement based on the amount of salad you want to make. It can be for one person or many. The recipe includes using French Potato Salad and Oil and Lemon Dressing. The original recipe serves six and you can find it in Julia Child’s “The Way to Cook” cookbook:

The list of recipes for this event is a big one. Please visit each one because it will be more than just a recipe. The stories behind each, Julia’s inspiration, and much more can be found on these blogs. I cannot wait to read them all:

#CookForJulia Breakfast

#CookForJulia Lunch

#CookForJulia Dinner

#CookForJulia Sides

#CookForJulia Desserts

#CookForJulia Wine Pairings:

  • Relishing Food and Wine; Thanks to Julia Child! by ENOFYLZ

Join in the celebration each Sunday. We start at 3pm ET by tweeting, pinning, and showcasing recipes and food photos. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and share yours too. The live twitter chat starts at 7pm ET. Take a look at and follow our Pinterest board.

What is your favorite Julia Child quote? She had a lot of good ones. Share yours and why you like it. I have my favorite one to share in an upcoming post next week. Stay tuned!

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Tuna Salad Nicoise

Tuna Salad Nicoise

  • Haricot Verts
  • Boston or butter lettuce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • French Potato Salad
  • Canned tuna, drained and flaked
  • Tomato wedges
  • Hard-boiled egg(s), halved lengthwise
  • Anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
  • Oil and Lemon Dressing
  • Black Nicoise-type or Kalamata olives, pitted
  • Capers
  • Fresh parsley, minced

Blanch the haricot verts in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes and transfer to an ice water bath. Once cooled, drain, dry, and set aside.

In a small bowl, add the tuna and stir in a little of the dressing. Set aside.

Line a plate or platter with the lettuce. Drizzle the lettuce with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the potato salad in the center. Arrange the tuna, haricot verts, tomato wedges, and eggs around the potatoes. Roll up the anchovy fillets and place one on top of each egg half. Drizzle or spoon the dressing over the salad. Scatter the olives, capers, and parsley on top. Serve immediately.

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Pam @ The Meltaways August 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

This salad looks great! I am really starting to feel like a lone soul here reading all of these lovely tributes – I never paid any attention to Julia up until I started looking for a recipe to do for this event!


Faye Leong August 5, 2012 at 7:33 am

A recipe that I’ll try soon! Renee, I love the way you decorate it and the matching napkin….Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.


Hezzi-D August 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

Your salad is gorgeous! I love the way you put it together.


Cindys Recipes August 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

So artistic, Renee! Lovely!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

Beautiful salad Renee, so fresh and colorful! Have a great sunday!


Jen @ Juanita's Cocina August 5, 2012 at 10:44 am

Simply gorgeous. So simple and so elegant at the same time!


Heather @girlichef August 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

Oh, I love Salad Nicoise – it makes a perfectly filling meal. Plus, it’s gorgeous! Lovely post.


mommasmeals August 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

Can never get enough salads in this home!! Way to make it look nice and fancy too!! Love it! Happy #SundaySupper!


Anne P @ Webicurean August 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

What a beautiful salad! The picture looks like it should be in a magazine!


Samantha @ FerraroKitchen August 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I know how excited you were to make this salad! It is so beautiful and so delicious! Thank you so much for being a part of this #SS :))


Laura @ Family Spice August 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Now I have to go search for some good Julia Child’s quotes! This salad is gorgeous – I love all the colors and the beautiful greens! Great job!


Family Foodie August 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

What a beautiful post with a gorgeous recipe and even better photography! I love that you shared this during our special #SundaySupper Renee!


Chelsea August 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

This salad is so beautiful! Like a work of art!


Sarah August 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Every time I see Nicoise salad I think of my mom, she loves it – and Julia!


Sarah August 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Looks fresh and so colorful. Love your plating as well.


Amy Kim August 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Picture perfect! Salade Nicoise is one of my favorite salads.


Kathy August 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Wonderful tribute and remarkable salad display Reene. Have to come back when I’m done work and check out the fabulous recipes you have prepared to honor Julia!


Liz August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm

This is one of my favorite salads and your presentation is just lovely! I must make this while I have summer tomatoes available! Beautifully done!


Terry August 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm



Lane @ Supper for a Steal August 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Beautiful presentation! It looks too good to eat.


Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) August 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

What a beautiful salad! You did such a great job on it.


Renee August 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

That is just about the prettiest tuna Nicoise salad I have ever seen. I had tuna salad Nicoise the first time in college and have very fond memories of the moment. This is a must make dish for me! Thanks for sharing it. :)


Eileen Gross | WineEveryday August 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I love this salad, one of my favorite to make & yours looks scrumptious!


Linda-There and Back Again August 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

That salad looks wonderful. I like how you leave the ingredient choice to the reader but provide the wonderful dressing and potato salad recipes. Well done!


Katy August 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I cannot believe how perfect that salad looks! You have such a talent! Nicoise salad always reminds me of the long, lazy lunches I had when living in France, so it never fails to bring a smile to my face. Now to make one that beautiful…


sunithi August 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

That looks amazing Renee ! Picture perfect. It looks like it’s just floating ! Love it !


Brandie @ Spoon & Saucer August 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Not only does this sound delicious, but your presentation is gorgeous. Eye candy! Yum!


Kim Bee August 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

This turned out beautifully. I’ve never tried making it but I think I need to give it a whirl.


The Wimpy Vegetarian August 6, 2012 at 12:30 am

Tuna Nicoise is one of my favorite meals, and I make it at least a couple of times a month. This is a great recipe to select, and your photo just pops off my computer screen!!


Baker Street August 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

What a gorgeous salad, Renee! I LOVE Tuna Nicoise and can’t wait to try out Julia’s recipe! :)


Angie @ Big Bear's Wife August 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I’m not a big tuna eater but hubby could probably eat it every day! I’ll have to make this for him! Love the photos!


Susan August 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Renee – this is so beautifully prepared! I love everything about it, and it really is a piece of art. I’m sure it tasted just as delicious too.


Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) August 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

That sounds (and looks) amazing!

Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com


Terra August 6, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Nicoise salad is gorgeous!!! I love love nicoise salad:-) Such a perfect treat to make to celebrate Julia Child:-) Hugs, Terra


CJ at Food Stories August 12, 2012 at 1:31 am

This looks so beautiful & I’ve been looking for a nicoise recipe :-)


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