Salad Niçoise w/ Potatoes by Chef Paul Hegeman

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Salad Niçoise w/ Potatoes by Chef Paul Hegeman

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4 Eggs
200 grams French beans stems removed, par blanched
2 roma (egg) tomatoes seeded and quartered
1 Lebanese seeded and cut to 1-2 cm (1 inch) pieces
purple onion cut to approx 1 cm pieces
1/2 cup kalamata olives pitted
10-20 basil leaves
few sprig thyme
8 anchovy fillets
4 x 130 grams tuna steaks approx 2 cm (1 inch) thick OR 1 x 400 gram (14 oz) tin of tuna packed in oil (packed in water for a lighter version)
5 medium new or Chat potatoes cut to approx 2-3 cm (1.5 inch) halves or quarters
3 cloves Garlic
2 tablespoons baby capers finely chopped
white vinegar
Dijon Mustard
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper
    • Serves 4
    • Medium




    When making this salad you are likely to find as many variations as ingredients. The important thing to remember is it is made by you for you and your friends, so if you’re not a fan of certain ingredients leave them out, likewise if you really love a certain item, add a little more. The recipe we have given here is our collective favourite here at chefs pencil. However if we were true to the salads namesake (ie from Nice in France) there would definitely not be any potatoes in this salad.


    1. Peel the garlic cloves and cut in half lengthwise and add to about 400 ml (14 oz) extra virgin olive oil (let marinate at least a few hours).
    2. Combine in a mixing bow 2 tsp dijon mustard, capers, thyme, approx 80 ml (3 oz) of white wine vinegar, 80 ml (3 oz) of garlic infused extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Whisk ingredients together and set aside.


    1. Place potatoes in a med sized pot, cover potatoes with cold salted water and bring to the boil allow to boil for about 3-5 minutes, strain and set aside.
    2. Cut each tomato quarter into 4.
    3. Place the tomato, cucumber, capsicum, beans, onion, olives and basil leaves in large bowl.
    4. In a non-stick fry pan place a few tbsps of olive oil and fry potatoes until golden on all sides, season with sea salt and cracked pepper, add to the other vegetables in bowl.
    5. If using the tinned tuna: add the drained tuna to the bowl as well and break into large chunks.
    6. To poach eggs place 6 cups of water with 1tbsp vinegar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiling remove from the heat and add eggs one at a time, and return to the heat. Remove eggs from the heat when the whites are fully cooked but the yolks are still soft to the touch, drain off excess water and set aside.
    7. If using the fresh tuna: wipe the potato pan clean and sear the tuna in some olive oil in the pan (approx 1 minute for very beautifully rare, do this while the eggs poach).
    8. Drizzle the contents of the bowl with some of the prepared dressing.
    9. Place tossed salad onto plates, top with seared tuna steaks and then top with still warm poached eggs and 2 anchovies each, make a slight incision in each yolk allowing yolk to start running and serve immediately with some crusty French baguettes.
    10. (The above presentation can be altered for a more rustic look by cutting the tuna into cubes before searing and tossing it with the salad).

    Paul Hegeman

    Paul is a personal Chef to exclusive Sydney clients and is also our most frequently contributing writer. Paul was born in The Netherlands and moved to Canada at a very young age. Experience with traditional European meals at home and the diverse multicultural influence of foods in Canada gave Paul a great appreciation for different culinary styles. Over the years Paul traveled extensively and worked at every level of professional kitchens, from the deep fryer in the local burger joint, to the Head Chef in Five Star Hotels. He now resides full time in Sydney, Australia with his wife and their children. You will find his recipes emphasize natural, uncomplicated flavours and fresh ingredients such as those found in Mediterranean and South East Asian cuisines.

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