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I am unlike most women in the world.  I hate to shop.  I used to love it but now when I think about going to the mall, I immediately feel anxious.  I’d rather shop on my couch, online.  When husband and I go shopping we strategize on the order in which we will hit the stores, the most effective parking spot, we get to the mall right when it opens, oh and we split up to maximize efficiency.  This all helps with some of the anxiousness (husband hates to shop too if you didn’t guess).

So, when you say the word “Nordstrom” most ladies think handbags, shoes and clothes.  I immediately think Salmon Nicoise!  Nordstrom has a wonderful cafe serving delicious salads, warm plates, sammies and lots of other goodies.  My “go to” is the Salmon Nicoise.  The last time I had gone to Nordies with my work gal pals I got jipped.  We were running late and the salmon was going to take 15 minutes to cook (wimper).  So after that, I craved the darn salad and would have felt super silly going back to the mall with food being my only purpose.  (Plus, the thought of going back stressed me out).  So I made my own, and it may have been even more “fab” than Nordies!  Of course I bit off of Ina again (Do you think I’m obsessed with her?  That’s fine.  I can live with that.  I am.  Slightly). 

Salmon Nicoise

Salmon Nicoise

I did a few things different with the recipe…. I used baby red potatoes and roasted them in the oven instead of boiling them (toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 400&deg for about 30 minutes).  This way they get all crispy like.   I added a spring salad mix to it with arugula, but left out the watercress because it’s a little too bitter for my liking.  I left out the anchovies and used cherry tomatoes.


  • 4 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 pounds skin-on fresh salmon fillets
  • 3 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 1/2 pounds haricots verts, stems removed
  • 3 pounds ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges (6 small tomatoes)
  • 12 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut in 1/2
  • 1 bunch watercress or arugula
  • 1/2 pound large green olives, pitted
  • 1 can anchovies, optional
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil

Preheat the oven to 500&deg.

For the marinade, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, mustard, garlic, 1 1/2 tablespoons salt and 1/2 tablespoon pepper in a small bowl and set aside.

Place the salmon on a sheet pan that has been covered in aluminum foil, and drizzle the marinade over the salmon. Allow the salmon to sit for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the potatoes and 2 tablespoons salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a knife. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place the colander with the potatoes over the empty pot off the heat and cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Leave the potatoes to steam for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender but firm. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them in thick slices and set aside.

Place the salmon in the oven and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until it is almost cooked through. Remove to a plate and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Remove the skin and break into large pieces.

Blanch the haricots verts in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 1/2 minutes only. Drain immediately and immerse in a bowl of ice water. Drain again and set aside.

For the vinaigrette, combine the vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Set aside.

Arrange the salmon, potatoes, haricots verts, tomatoes, eggs, watercress, olives and anchovies, if used, on a large flat platter. Drizzle some vinaigrette over the fish and vegetables and serve the rest in a pitcher on the side.

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4 Responses to Salmon Nicoise

  1. Hollie says:

    I’m going to try this someday soon I swear =) it looks so yummy.

  2. Kiki says:

    YUCK!! It would look good if it had chickie, but that’s only cuz I no likey salmon. Except for the salmon at your wedding, that was delish!

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