Smoked trout nicoise

Smoked trout nicoise


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A variation on a colourful Provençale favourite, this hearty niçoise salad is just perfect for an early summer lunch, making the most of baby new potatoes and asparagus at the peak of their season.

Zoë Harpham

Serves: 4 

  • 600 g baby new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 250 g asparagus, trimmed and cut into short lengths
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ⅓ cup (40 g) pitted black olives (preferably niçoise olives)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 175 g smoked trout fillet, flaked
  • 85 g rocket
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. First make the parsley dressing by putting the oil, lime juice, mustard and parsley in a screw-top jar, then shake thoroughly until combined. Season to taste.
  2. Cook the potatoes in a saucepan of lightly salted, boiling water for about 15 minutes until just tender. Lift out the potatoes with a slotted spoon; leave whole if they are small or slice thickly if they are larger. Toss the potatoes in the dressing and set aside to allow the potatoes to absorb the flavours.
  3. Bring the pan of water back to the boil and add the asparagus, then reduce the heat and simmer for 4–5 minutes until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon, refresh briefly under cold water, then drain. (This cools the asparagus quickly and helps to retain the bright green colour.) Stir the asparagus into the potatoes, along with the tomatoes and olives.
  4. Add the eggs to the pan of water and simmer for 7 minutes. Remove, run under cold water until cool enough to handle, then peel away the shells and cut the eggs into quarters.
  5. Add the eggs, flaked trout and rocket to the potatoes and toss lightly to coat evenly in the dressing. Serve slightly warm or cold.


4 portions vegetables


• The smoked trout can be replaced by canned tuna or salmon. Use a can that weighs about 200 g.
• Quail's eggs make a pretty alternative if they're available—use 4 quail's eggs to replace the 2 hen's eggs and boil for 2–3 minutes. Cool, peel and cut them in half.

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