Proper salade niçoise

I had so many things to say about the terrorist attack on Nice. I decided to share none of it here. Except maybe for this: THEY WILL NOT GET OUR JOIE DE VIVRE! I swear they won’t!

So vive la France, vive Nice and vive food and wine and sex and laughter and friendship…

I made salade niçoise for lunch today, following the original recipe from Escofier himself. It couldn’t be more simple and certainly shouldn’t be more complicated (or sophisticated). Provence is all about simple ingredients and authenticity!

You’ll need:

  • Baby greens
  • Anchovies
  • Small black olives (olives niçoises) kept in oil
  • Baby artichokes
  • Hard boiled eggs (still warm)
  • Green spring onions
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Tomatoes

Et voilà!


The following pictures were taken in Nice when I was there last fall. Truly one of my favorite cities in France!

27 Comments Add yours

  1. Terry says:

    It is all lovely, the food and the pics, thanks

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Terry!

  2. Love this salad. Nice was heartbreaking. When will violence not be the answer?

  3. chef mimi says:

    There’s nothing much better than still warm hard-boiled eggs, yes? A beautiful salad. And gorgeous photos from Provence.

  4. Nobody can take away yours or France’s joie de vivre, Stéphane! Both the salad and photos of Nice are gorgeous, as usual. The salad sounds very good to me right now on this hot summer day. Can we expect a new video soon? Or do I have to check your YouTube sight for that?

  5. Beautiful photos of Nice.

  6. Salut Stéphane, you are so right, of course we won’t give up on joie de vivre!
    As for the recipe, I did not know the original recipe doesn’t contain tuna, haricots verts, and potatoes.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I’m sure the poor mediterranean people who invented it put whatever they had that day in it. What’s for certain is that it has to have niçoise olives, anchovies, mesclun, eggs and tomatoes. These days, some people even put corn and mayo in it 🙂

  7. I would take the cover photo of your post today (olives on the branch) and the garlic photo here in your collage of Nice, frame them and hang them in my home! They are so beautiful and I love when you post a collage of your photography! By the way, the salade niçoise looks divine too!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks so much Stacey. What a lovely thing to say! Let me know if you want the photos full size and I’ll send them to you. Have a lovely day! It’s terribly hot here this week…

      1. Seriously? I would love copies of those photos! ! How kind of you to offer. I would take them to be professionally framed out of respect for your art.

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Use the contact tab on the blog to send me your e-mail address

  8. Eha says:

    Shiver when I remember having been in Nice twice on Bastille Day. There but for the grace of God . . Vive la France!! Salade Nicoise: have never had a version without tuna and green beans . . . more homework and taste tests required . . .

    1. My French Heaven says:

      They’ve changed it quite a lot over the years. Some even put corn in it…

  9. Angeline M says:

    Beautiful salad. And yes, vive la France.

  10. Francesca says:

    Viva Nice. Words cannot really express what we all feel.

  11. What a tragic and sad event. My heart goes out to the people of France and Nice. I will be in France in October .

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You’ll be safe. It seems that they’ve decided to hit us only every 8 month… Seriously though, September and October are some of the best months to visit France!

  12. I do need to drag out my Escoffier book. There is always a need to stand against grim theists who wish to make enjoying life a hardship. Each smile and each glass of wine is a strike against them.

  13. Succeed we most certainly will, with a glass of wine and plenty of good humour. I am not even French, but I know we will stick together. By the way your salad looks utterly divine

  14. Sounds and looks delicious. I was in France when the incident in Nice happened. Terrible. Safely home after a delightful time.


  15. Julie says:

    Vive la France!

  16. So terrible and so sad about Nice 😦 I was in Nice last September so it feels more immediate to me here in London than it might otherwise do. What a wonderful lunch and your photos always make me want to reach out and take a portion!

  17. Nadia says:

    They will never get the French joie de vivre. We have surmounted worse and will always triumph with a glass of wine in the hand!

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