Paleo Niçoise Salad

Try this Paleo version of the French classic if you’d like a healthy meal that’s also sophisticated and elegant. Capers, olives, tomatoes, green beans, tuna and eggs are accented with mustard, lemon juice and olive oil for a tasty Mediterranean salad. Feel free to leave out the tuna if you’d like to serve it as a side salad. You can also add other greens such as spinach if desired.

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Paleo Niçoise Salad

Servings 2

Total Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 608

carbohydrate 18g

protein 41g

fat 40g


  • 4 large egg(s)
  • 2 can(s) tuna (6 oz) drained (oil-packed works well)
  • 1/3 pound(s) green beans, fresh
  • 1/2 cup(s) olives, black pitted
  • 1 cup(s) tomatoes, cherry or grape
  • 1 head(s) lettuce, butter
  • 2 tablespoon(s) capers rinsed
  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon(s) mustard, dijon
  • 1 medium lemon(s), juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) black pepper freshly ground


  1. Place 4 raw eggs (in their shells) in a small pan, and add cold water to cover the eggs. Cover the pan.
  2. Place over medium-high heat and bring water to a slight simmer. Once simmering (small bubbles), cover the pan and remove from heat. Let stand (covered) for 13 minutes.
  3. Drain the eggs, and immediately cool them in cold water after. Remove shells, quarter the eggs and set aside.
  4. While eggs are cooking, wash and chop butter lettuce, tomatoes and green beans.
  5. Whisk the lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, salt & pepper into a dressing.
  6. Combine all remaining ingredients into two salads and drizzle dressing on top.

Photo courtesy: Sarah D'Ardenne


  1. Ok, so I’ve never made a nicoise salad before but it’s definitely something I like to order when I eat out. So I was excited to try this one. Typically when I make my own salads they’re “eh, ok” but this one came out great! It was so yummy in fact, that I was almost done eating it when I realized I had forgotten an ingredient……the TUNA!!! Hahaha So it can certainly be done as a side salad option too.

  2. I’m brand new to this way of eating and I’m excited to get started. I’m just wondering about how much olive oil to use in the dressing?

    1. @clconry – Sorry about that! We’ll fix that recipe today to be more exact. It depends on how you like your salads (very moist or not so much), but I’d recommend about 2 tablespoons for the whole salad to feed two people.

    1. Carolyn – its the old, dried up beans like black beans and pinto beans that we’re trying to avoid. Young, green beans like these don’t contain nearly as many anti-nutrients as their older counterparts.

  3. Neely: Thank you. I have just planted some in my garden so I won’t worry too much about them, and will eat them when young!

  4. My children and I enjoy this recipe often. My kiddo who will only eat tuna with mayo will eat this willingly. We use regular boiled eggs.

  5. Anyone have a suggestion for a substitute for olives. They are one of the few foods I dislike. I have read some folks suggest capers. But, this recipe already has capers. So, I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas of a substitute in this recipe and others where olives are called for.

    1. Hbt – Glad you liked it! I just added the nutritional info – sorry it wasn’t in there before. It’s 719 calories, 24g carb, 45g fat, 57g protein and 8g fiber per serving.

  6. Hi there! I’m pretty new to the paleo lifestyle and so far am loving the recipes! The nutritional info says that it’s per serving. How is it 719 calories per serving?

    1. coffields88 – Well, all the oil, olives, tuna, eggs, etc. just add up. I did the nutritional info in if you’d like to enter it in yourself and double check. (I triple checked it myself when I did it though because the numbers seemed so high).

  7. I am new to Paleo and I am just not understanding how a salad with 45g of fat is good for you. Is that nutritional value right? That is crazy.

  8. Hi, this might be an odd question… are hard boiled eggs and these the same? if not what’s the difference and can I prep this salad Sunday? thanks

    1. 2burpeeornot2burpee- Yes, they’re the same thing. These are hard boiled eggs in this recipe. And yes, you can prep this salad Sunday. Maybe don’t put the dressing on it then, but everything else should be fine.

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