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Stacked Salade Ni

Stacked Salade Ni

Many restaurateurs today, both in the United States and France, have abandoned the classic canned tuna altogether and are making a fresher-tasting salade ni

SKU 544-Recipe

  • 8 Serves


  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, very finely minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 anchovy filets
  • 2 pounds fresh tuna steaks
  • coarsely cracked black peppercorns to taste
  • 1 pound haricot verts (thin French green beans) or green beans
  • 8 plum tomatoes
  • coarse salt to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 8 small red new potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, shelled
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 32 niヌoise olives, pitted


  1. Prepare dressing: In a medium-sized bowl, add mustard, then vinegar. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in olive oil a little at a time (the dressing should have a creamy consistency). Add garlic, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl of cold water, soak anchovy filets for 5 minutes to remove excess salt and oil. Cut each fillet into 4 pieces.
  3. Brush tuna with a little olive oil, then press cracked peppercorns into the tuna. Grill over an open fire until seared outside and still raw inside (you may cook it further, but not more than rare). If no grill is available, cook the tuna under a broiler. Brush tuna with a little of the dressing, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a large handful of salt. Cut stems of beans and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Refresh in ice water. Strain, cut each bean into 3 pieces, and reserve.
  5. Cut tomatoes into large dice. Sprinkle with coarse salt and set aside.
  6. When ready to assemble the salad, cut the strips of green and red pepper into 3 pieces each. Cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and then cut each slice into 4 chunks. Cut the eggs into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and then cut each slice into 4 chunks. In a large bowl, mix together the anchovies, tuna, beans, tomatoes, green pepper, red pepper, potatoes, eggs, parsley, and olives. Mix with dressing. Taste for seasoning. Divide among 8 plates, stacking the salad in as high and narrow a tower as possible on each plate. Serve immediately.
    Note: For an even trendier presentation, drizzle a little extra vinaigrette around the tower, and scatter finely minced parsley leaves around the plate and its rim.