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Vegan Nicoise Salad
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Vegan Nicoise Salad

Vegan Nicoise salad combines raw and cooked vegetables with beans, hearts of palm, and greens dressed in an oil-free shallot vinaigrette. Get all your greens, beans, potatoes, and vegetables in this nutrient-dense salad. The shallot vinaigrette is to die for.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad, vegan lunch
Cuisine: French
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 255kcal

Ingredients

Nicoise Salad

  • 1 cucumber cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pint tomatoes grape or cherry, cut in sections
  • ½ red onion sliced into slivers
  • 1 watermelon radish sliced thin, and cut into quarters
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives cut in halves
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped
  • ½ pound baby red potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ pound green beans trimmed and cut into bite-sized portions
  • 15 ounces white beans Cannellini beans or butter beans (1 can)
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 head radicchio chopped
  • 7 ounces hearts of palm in brine cut into thin slices

Shallot Vingiarette

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or date syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Vegan Nicoise Salad

  • Place equal-sized, bite-sized pieces of red potatoes in a pan and cover with cold water.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of salt.
  • Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add green beans and stir into boiling water.
  • Cook an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain in a colander. Run cold water over potatoes and green beans.
  • Transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Once cool, drain again.
  • Chop lettuce and Raddichio and place on a large tray or bowl.
  • Add the raw vegetables, cooled cooked vegetables, olives, beans, and hearts of palm.
  • Do not dress until ready to serve.

Shallot Vinaigrette

  • In a small blender, combine all ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Cover and place in a refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

Notes

  • I'm all about saving time. So, I'm committed if I can use one pan for two different tasks. For instance, it takes 10 minutes to boil baby red potatoes and 5 minutes to blanch green beans. 
  • Once the potatoes boil for 5 minutes, throw the green beans in the pot for the last 5 minutes.  And then cook both at once. Then, drain the potatoes and green beans simultaneously and soak both in ice water to stop cooking. 
  • As soon as the potatoes and green beans cool, it's time to create the vegan Nicoise salad!
  • Try artichoke hearts or cooked asparagus as a substitute for hearts of palm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 2028mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 10318IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 6mg