This Salmon Salad Niçoise has everything in it (hence the name). It's for those of us who like the a few too many ingredients in our salads. It's delicious, hearty, and an incredibly inviting lunch for a group of 2 to 4 people.
Lest anyone take issue with this, this is definitely not a traditional Salad Niçoise. A traditional version would have tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, olives, and anchovies. Newer versions of the Salad Niçoise often contain green beans and potatoes. I know that anchovies really bring the umami flavor, but I don't typically cook with them at home because whenever I buy them I never end up using the whole can.
This salad is composed, so it looks beautiful when you serve it, but you need to mix it up when you eat it so you get the rich flavor of all the ingredients. I just serve it on a platter and let people take what they want though, because I like how it's so beautifully arranged.
I've been adding edible flowers to a lot of salads recently. I know they might seem like a finicky, unnecessary addition, but people light up when you put an edible flower in front of them. I've been reading Edible Flowers: A Global History, and the authors write, "Flowers are not typically found in everyday meals, so their deliberate inclusion in a dish makes that dish something special, a treat for the receiver. They send a message of freshness and caring." I think flowers are such a beautiful way to enliven a dish. Before eating flowers though, be sure to check out my handy guide on which ones are edible!
I hope you enjoy this delicious salad recipe!
*Here's a recipe for hard boiled eggs, or you can just buy them pre-hard boiled (like me!) at Trader Joes.