Light Nicoise Salad



  • 1 pound small red-skinned potatoes, quartered
  • Kosher salt
  • 3/4 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes or chopped plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce, leaves separated
  • 2 5 -ounce cans tuna packed in water, drained
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pitted kalamata or nicoise olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Prep time: 17 min
  • Cook time: 8 min
  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy


Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with water by about 2 inches. Add a pinch of salt, cover and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium high and simmer until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the snap peas and continue simmering, covered, until the peas are crisp-tender, about 3 more minutes. Drain the potatoes and peas and rinse under cold water; transfer to a large bowl.

Make the dressing: Puree the tomatoes, olive oil, mayonnaise, vinegar and 1 tablespoon water in a blender.

Divide the lettuce among 4 bowls and drizzle with some of the dressing. Add the tuna, bell pepper, olives and basil to the potatoes and peas; add the remaining dressing and toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper, then pile on top of the lettuce.

Per serving: Calories 329; Fat 13 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 32 mg; Sodium 394 mg; Carbohydrate 30 g; Fiber 6 g; Protein 22 g

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