Vegan Nicoise Salad

Here’s a twist on a traditional Nicoise Salad using Almond Salad in place of tuna and a honey dijon vinaigrette. Its great for a crowd or someone like me that could eat most of it in one sitting! 

Vegan Nicoise Salad

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

Vegan Nicoise Salad

  • 4 cups mixed lettuce, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup fingerling potatoes
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced

Almond Salad

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3 tbsp Vegenaise
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 baby dill pickles, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • paprika - optional

Honey Dijon Dressing

  • 2 tbsp whole grain dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tsp honey

Almond Salad Directions

You can either buy pre-crushed almonds, or you can pulse one cup of whole almonds in your Vitamix, food processor, or blender, until they are finely chopped. 

Almonds

Once the almonds are pulverized, add three kitchen size tablespoons (I think the measuring size spoons are too small) of Vegenaise to the almonds. Add in the chopped celery, pickles, dill, and lemon juice and mix together. Sprinkle on a dash of paprika if desired. 

Almond Salad

Cook the Potatoes

Bring a small pot of water to a boil on your stove and cook the potatoes until they are just done, about eight minutes. Rinse under cold water and put in your refrigerator to cool while you continue making the rest of the salad.

Blanch the Green Beans

Bring a small pot of water to a boil on your stove and cook the green beans until they are tender crisp, about four minutes. Rinse under cold water and put in your refrigerator to cool while you continue making the rest of the salad.

Chop and Slice

Add four cups of chopped lettuce to a large plate or bowl. I used a combination of two cups herb salad from Trader Joe’s and two cups of chopped romaine.

Add on the sliced tomatoes, red onions, and kalamata olives.

Once the potatoes have cooled, sliced into bite size chunks and add to the salad.

Add the green beans and a couple good scoops of Almonds Salad here as well.

Honey Dijon Dressing Directions

In a bowl, combine two tbsp of whole grain dijon mustard, two tbsp of white balsamic vinegar, and four tsps of honey and mix together.

Honey Dijon Dressing

Dizzle over the top and serve!

*Note - if you don’t want to make the dressing just serve with another  mustardy dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.