healthy nicoise salad

Brain Boosting Salad Nicoise

This super simple salad is a breeze to create and has some major brain boosting nutrients to keep you on top of your game. It's a perfect balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein to help you beat the mid-day slump.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 343 kcal


  • 1 head romaine lettuce or greens of choice
  • 2 cups green beans approx. 20 beans
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage shredded
  • 10 cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 10 olives
  • 1/4 cup red onion sliced
  • 1 can of salmon (or tuna) look for Oceanwise certified brands- additionally, you could pan sear a salmon filet 5 minutes each side

For the dressing

  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • Pinch of salt & pepper to taste.


  1. In medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat
  2. Add green beans and quickly blanche until tender (approx. 3 minutes)
  3. Remove green beans, run under cool water and set aside
  4. In the same pot, add eggs and reduce heat to medium-low
  5. Hard-boil eggs for 5-7 minutes (or longer to reach desired doneness)
  6. Once cooked, run eggs under cold water and set aside to cool.
  7. Combine all other ingredients into a large salad bowl.
  8. Once cool to touch, peel the eggs, slice into quarters and add to the bowl.

For the Dressing

  1. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle over salad

Recipe Notes

Additional salad add ins: boiled mini potatoes, feta cheese, grated carrot, roasted beets Sometimes we like to add a splash of maple syrup to the dressing, and triple the batch so we have leftovers.

Nutrition Facts
Brain Boosting Salad Nicoise
Amount Per Serving
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 516mg22%
Potassium 1313mg38%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 29035IU581%
Vitamin C 63.8mg77%
Calcium 202mg20%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.