Veggie Nicoise Salad

 

This salad was totally made for Mondays.

I have a solid explanation why— don’t worry, we’ll get there soon. But in doing so, we have to get a little background.

Nate and I are very similar in that we’re both a little bit introverted and a little bit extroverted. Some weekends, we’re happy as clams just staying in ALL weekend just the two of us, cooking delicious food, binge watching a new tv show, playing with our puppy, and getting some good ol’ quality down time in. It’s super restorative after a crazy week of work and I feel like we can catch up on some “me” and “us” time that we get so rarely during the week.

Other weekends are the total opposite. We’re itching to get out— meeting our friends for drinks, trying a new restaurant in town, hiking our favorite trails, getting in some killer exercise classes— sometimes that jam packed social agenda is just what we’re craving.

And that was this weekend.

 

Veggie Nicoise Salad {gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

I LOVE those super social, jam-packed weekends. I feel like I totally took advantage of my weekend to the fullest and I get this amazing high after great nights with some of my favorite people. Again, totally an extrovert thing, but I’m not like this all the time. Very odd, I know.

This weekend, we did a little bit of everything. Tried out a restaurant we’ve been dying to try, went to Oktoberfest downtown with our friends, finished up some WEDDING details (less than two weeks, people!!), took Augie for long walks, did a Wine & Yoga class with my girlfriends— I honestly feel like we were barely home, but I was absolutely ok with that. It was just the kind of weekend I needed after a long week at work— restorative in a whole different kind of way.

But unfortunately, these jam-packed social weekends tend to be a little indulgent. I eat out more in general, eat a few more sweets than normal, have a few more drinks— and by Sunday night I’m ready for some good ol’ greens in my life.

 

Veggie Nicoise Salad {gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Veggie Nicoise Salad {gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

So here’s where this salad finally comes into play. Have you ever had a nicoise salad before?? I absolutely adore them! Packed with so many textures, flavors, and nutritious ingredients, all topped with a luscious, tangy dressing— doesn’t that sound just perfect for a Monday detox?

You guys know that I eat fish on occasion still, but I decided to substitute the typical tuna in this nicoise  salad with some tender green lentils. I also roasted some gold potatoes instead of using boiled ones, just to add a little more texture to the dish, and topped it off with my favorite Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette— with extra lemon juice for tang, of course.

This salad is so hearty and nutritious, therefore totally perfect for a Monday like today, but is also wonderful for entertaining. My mother-in-law made a salmon nicoise salad for one of our family picnics this summer and it was not only a beautiful dish, but was also such a crowd pleaser! Totally recommend.

So if you’ve had a wonderfully busy weekend like we have, or if you’re just craving a big juicy salad in your life, throw together this simple, delicious Veggie Nicosia Salad tonight. I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

 

Veggie Nicoise Salad {gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Veggie Nicoise Salad

Serves 3-4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup green lentils, dry
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 Medium potatoes, sliced into 1/4'' sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups haricot verts (french green beans)
  • 4-5 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • 1 cup mini heirloom tomatoes, halved (or grape tomatoes)
  • 2 cups spring mix

for the dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, thinly diced
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Step 1
Boil 1 cup of vegetable broth with 1/2 cup of green lentils. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 35-40 minutes, or until broth is absorbed and lentils are tender.
Step 2
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss sliced potatoes in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip potatoes over and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove and cool.
Step 3
Steam your haricot verts for 3-4 minutes in boiling water or a steamer.
Step 4
Whisk up your dressing by combining all ingredients: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper.
Step 5
Time to assemble! I like to layer mine across a large board or platter. I do a layer of spring mix, hericot verts, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, potatoes, and lentils. Drizzle the whole platter with the dressing and serve!

Veggie Nicoise Salad {gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

8 Comments

  1. What a fun weekend! I definitely understand the need to get back into routine after a few days of craziness though 🙂
    This salad looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never actually tried a traditional nicoise salad with tuna, but I have to say I think this one sounds better! I love the addition of lentils!

    • Ohh you’ll definitely have to try one! They are so fresh and simple and delicious!

  2. I totally feel you on staying in all weekend, sometimes it is so needed! I am definitely an introvert, so the worry becomes that I can spend TOO much time alone (or with the boyfriend) and be totally content haha. But, those super fun adventurous days always remind me to go out and explore 🙂 This salad looks beautiful, I am so down.

    • I totally understand the feeling! Especially with those busy weeks in the beginning of the school year, down time is CRUCIAL most weekends! SO glad you like it Maya 🙂

  3. TWO weeks? Oh Liz! I bet you two are so excited.. (!!) No doubt a hearty salad feels so good after a weekend of indulgences. Sort of a mini reset. I love how hearty and filling this is.. especially those lentils (good for you on the sub!)! I’m with you on the slooow weekends. Nothing like them. I try to have those at least once a month where I don’t go anywhere.. and have a brief staycation, attempting to really enjoy our home instead of leaving it so much. All the best to you two as you prepare the final details of your most cherished day!!

    • Thanks so much Traci! We can’t believe it’s only a week away! Time has really flown 🙂

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