Hartford House

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Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.

Nicoise Salad Recipe

 Nicoise Salad Photo : Karen E Photography

Nicoise Salad
Photo : Karen E Photography

Nicoise Salad

 Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Nicoise salad is a traditional favourite. It’s gone out of fashion because it was over done and made without love. Make this salad with care otherwise it can go horribly wrong. Tuna, salty anchovies, perfectly-boiled new potatoes, boiled chicken/quail eggs, local olives, tomatoes and crunchy green beans - with or without croutons - promise a flavoursome explosion. We owe gratitude to the foodies/chefs of yesteryear whose experimentations have given us everlasting culinary masterpieces such as this one.


Serves: 4


  • 8 (750gr) small Potatoes, boiled, cooled and roughly cut in blocks
  • 20ml Olive Oil
  • 15ml Chives, snipped
  • Salt and Black Pepper


  1. Mix all this together and place in the bottom of your serving bowl


  • 1 (120gr) tin Tuna in Brine
  • 1 (45gr) tin Anchovy Fillets in Oil
  • 8 (35gr) Olives, de-pitted and broken in half
  • 30gr Red Onion, cut in slices
  • 10ml Capers
  • 4 Cherry Tomatoes, cut in ¼
  • 75gr Green Beans, blanched, refreshed and cut in ½
  • 4 Pickled Quail Eggs, cut in ½ (or 1 boiled egg)


  1. Arrange all the ingredients on top of the potatoes.

Salad Dressing


  • 2.5ml Dijon Mustard
  • 20ml Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 95ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5ml Fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 15ml Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 5ml Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • 7.5ml White Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. In a mixing bowl place the Dijon Mustard and Lemon Juice
  2. Slowly add the Oil, whisking all the time.
  3. Add the herbs and sugar.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Just before serving drizzle over the salad.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713