May 23, 2023 (Last updated Aug 25, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani
This Vegan Salad Niçoise is from The Two Spoons Cookbook and today I’m sharing it as a recipe exclusive! The recipe keeps you full from chickpeas and potatoes, it’s loaded with flavourful ingredients like briny olives and capers, crisp lettuce and cucumber, and a citrusy lemon vinaigrette that’s so good I could eat it with a spoon! You can enjoy this crunchy and filling vegan chickpea salad for dinner in less than an hour.
The freshness of this salad takes me back to the morning markets in the Old Town of Nice, where I used to buy the ingredients to prepare this vibrant salad. It is summery, crunchy, and full of flavours you would typically find in a salad niçoise from the South of France—one of my favourite places in France to visit.
As you know, I’m a big fan of wholesome and filling vegan salads! I can’t wait for you to try my own personal take on this popular French-inspired chickpea salad. It’s one I think you’ll love just as much as I do!
This vegan niçoise salad is made with 3 simple components:
Start by making the lemon dijon dressing. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, shallots, garlic, agave, miso, salt, black pepper, and oregano. Whisk well to combine, then set aside while you prepare the salad to allow the flavours to meld together.
First, prepare the chickpeas. In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, mustard, oregano, and salt. Stir to combine and set aside.
Next, fill a medium bowl with ice water. Then bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. When the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high heat and add the green beans. Cook the beans until vivid green and just tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, scoop out the green beans and submerge them in the ice water.
Once the beans are removed, add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook until fork tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the potatoes and rinse under cool running water, then pat the potatoes and green beans dry.
Finally, build your salad! Spread the romaine lettuce on a large serving platter. Evenly arrange the green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and red onion over top. Sprinkle with the seasoned chickpeas, chives, capers, and a pinch of salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve this chickpea salad niçoise with the lemon dijon dressing on the side and enjoy immediately!
Niçoise salad is a splendid main dish salad and is hearty enough to serve on it’s own. If you’d like to serve this niçoise salad as a side salad, I’d recommend serving with Vegan Mushroom Risotto, Polenta Frittata, or a healthy soup such as Cheesy Leek and Potato Soup. We personally love to pack it in containers and picnic on the stony beach for a nourishing afternoon lunch. It can also be enjoyed as a delicious weeknight dinner and is one of our favourite healthy dinner recipes.
The traditional niçoise salad originated in Nice, France in the late 19th century. To learn more, you may enjoy Salade Niçoise: Everything You Wanted To Know.
Canned chickpeas are fully cooked and safe to eat straight from the can. For best flavour and texture, fully drain and rinse the chickpeas with cold water before enjoying.
What belongs on a niçoise salad is something that is highly debated. Depending on where you enjoy this salad, it may be served with ingredients like red peppers, artichoke hearts, radish slices, Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, or kalamata olives. Feel free to make this salad suit your taste buds and use more or less of any ingredient!
If you’re planning to make this chickpea salad niçoise for a healthy meal prep, I’d recommend storing the dressing separately from the chickpea medley and vegetables. This will help prevent the raw vegetables from becoming soggy and allow them to stay fresh for up to 3 days.
I hope you love this salad as much as I do! If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.
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