Nicoise Salad with Almond “Tuna”

tuna nicoise salad

This fall, my boyfriend and I will be travelling to Nice to visit my dad, who lives there. My boyfriend has never been to France, and I haven’t visited for a few years now. Although I still haven’t gotten around to actually booking our flights, we’re super excited about this trip, and have been talking about it constantly.

It served as inspiration for this take on the classic Niçoise salad that we enjoyed this weekend. This salad is typically made with tuna, hardboiled eggs, olives and anchovies as well as vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, and potatoes.

vegan nicoise salad

Although I eat tuna, I thought it would be fun to try out the mock tuna salad I’d remembered seeing on OhSheGlows.com. By leaving out the eggs and anchovies, you have a totally vegan take on the Niçoise salad that is still packed full of protein. The ‘tuna’, sweet potatoes and hard-boiled egg (if you choose), make for a very substantial salad that is perfect as a main course. With so much going on in this salad, a simple vinaigrette allows all those beautiful flavours to come through.

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After soaking the almonds for a few hours, making this ‘tuna’ salad took no longer than your usual version using canned tuna. It would be amazing in a wrap or sandwich if you’re avoiding fish. Who knew you could make a passable mock tuna salad with almonds?!

nicoise salad egg and faux tuna

“Tuna” Nicoise Salad | Vegan option

(Yield: 4-6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green beans
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 6 cups mixed greens
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ¼ red onion, sliced
  • ½ cup green and black olives, pitted
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced (optional)

Directions: Cook peeled and chopped sweet potatoes in boiling water until tender. If desired, after cooking, sautee sweet potatoes in 1 tbs olive oil until starting to brown, to add a nice flavour and slight crispness. Steam green beans until beginning to soften, but still crisp. Mix up with remaining ingredients, serve over a bed of greens and top with almond ‘tuna’ and light dressing.

Almond ‘Tuna’

(based on Easy Flaked Almond ‘Tuna’ Salad from OhSheGlows.com)

  • 1 cup almonds, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • ¼ cup celery, minced
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • 2 tbs vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbs Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:  Soak almonds in water for a minimum of 2 hours. Drain and rinse. Add to food processor and pulse until resembling flaked canned tuna. Mix with mayo, mustard, celery and onion and season to taste.

Dressing

  • ¼ cup EVOO
  • 3 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbs water
  • 1 tbs minced green onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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6 Comments

  1. I’ve been kind of freaked out by canned tuna since I was a kid (and have been vegetarian for 5+ years), but this almond “tuna” (and the whole salad) looks very tasty. I’d love to try it out when I get the chance!

  2. this looks so good! found you from the fitnessista comments–i am all about the nicoise with the traditional tuna and vegan versions. i love visiting paris but have never made it to the south of france which i am sure is an absolute dream! bon voyage 🙂

    • Thanks so much! We’re going to be visiting Paris this trip, too. Super excited!

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