High Protein Nicoise Salad

Now that it is summer, what better way to enjoy your meals than with a delicious, light, fresh salad that is packed with protein? This salad nicoise heralds from the UK and is a fan favorite over there. I took the important parts of the salad and then gave it a healthy twist of my own. Salads don’t usually fill me up too much, so I made it extra big to ensure I wouldn’t be looking around for more food afterwards. Plus the tuna and the egg adds lots of protein (14 grams if you use an entire can of tuna + 6 grams in one egg) which will curb those hunger pangs quickly!

The salad is usually made with lettuce, but I decided to use cabbage instead for those additional nutrients and vitamins. The other change was that I used steamed asparagus rather than steamed beans, but that was more based on what I had in the fridge that day! I love asparagus so I thought it made a great substitution but both are great options.

High Protein Nicoise Salad
Recipe Type: Lunch
Cuisine: English
Author: Beverley Cheng
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Serves: 1
  • Salad
  • Half a cabbage chopped, or 1 small bag of coleslaw
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 4-5 stalks asparagus (or green beans) – steamed
  • 3 baby potatoes – boiled and chopped
  • ½ can flaked tuna
  • 1 boiled egg – chopped
  • Sliced small red onion
  • Handful of black olives (missing from picture)
  • Dressing
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. For the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients until thoroughly combined
  2. For the salad – toss the cabbage or coleslaw with some of the dressing and arrange on a plate. Chop the asparagus or beans into about 2 inch stalks and place on top of the cabbage. Add chopped tomatoes, cubed and boiled potatoes, and the boiled egg chopped up. Drizzle the rest of the dressing over the salad
  3. Lastly, add the tuna on top and season with salt and pepper
  4. Enjoy!


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