Hot Nicoise

Preparation info

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Appears in

Good Food For Bad Days

Good Food For Bad Days

By Jack Monroe

Published 2020

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I like the concept of a Nicoise salad, but the reality generally leaves me feeling short-changed and slightly hungry. This is a more substantial and probably entirely blasphemous version, served hot and hefty.


  • 1 x 145 g tin of tuna in oil
  • 1 x 520 g tin of cooked baby potatoes
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp black olives
  • 4 medium eggs
  • a few handfuls of baby spinach or other fresh salad leaves

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp oil (from tuna tin)
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp any light vinegar
  • a pinch of dried mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper, to taste


First drain the tuna carefully over a small bowl or mug, reserving the oil. You’ll use this for cooking and for the dressing. If your tuna didn’t come in oil, don’t worry, just use a light cooking oil instead.

Drain and halve your potatoes and pop them in a large nonstick pan with a tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, and cook over medium heat for a few minutes, nudging with a wooden spoon or spatula to disturb. The potatoes can spit a little because they hold a lot of water from the tin, so watch out!

While the potatoes and onion are cooking, make your dressing. Measure 2 tablespoons of oil into a small jar with a lid. Add the mustard, honey and vinegar and a pinch of herbs. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then screw the lid on tight and shake it well to combine. Remove the lid and set it to one side.

When the potatoes are starting to turn a golden colour, tip in the tuna and olives, and stir well to distribute. Crack the eggs into the pan and cover quickly. Turn the heat down to low for 6–8 minutes until the eggs cook to your liking. Add the spinach or salad leaves 20 seconds before serving to wilt. Serve with the dressing and extra black pepper.

Eat immediately, the fried eggs won’t keep very well. If you’re planning to make this in advance, or live alone, use boiled eggs in place of fried and it will keep for a day in the fridge. Reheat gently, or eat cold.