Potatoes are the star of this light and colorful, easy-to-make Nicoise potato salad—a fun spin on a classic Nicoise salad that’s perfect for warm weather lunches, picnics, and more.


I have a thing for potato salads. From no-mayo potato salads like German potato salad and this light and herby version to more classic versions like the all-time most popular recipe on my site, baby, I have a potato salad for every potato salad palate.

My newest potato salad creation is a spin on my classic Nicoise salad. It has all of the same flavors and most of the same ingredients as my traditional Nicoise salad and my Nicoise pasta salad, but here, potatoes are the star and I skip the tomatoes and tuna. Because it’s light but filling and just gets better as the days go by, I eat it over spring greens for lunch all week long. But naturally, it’s also a favorite side salad recipe for baby showers, bridal showers, al fresco lunches, and definitely potlucks and picnics.


What’s in This Nicoise Potato Salad

Most of the components of the classic Nicoise salad are present here, but I skip the tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, and tuna, and add herbs instead.

Here’s what I put in my Nicoise potato salad:

  • Lemony Dijon vinaigrette dressing
  • Baby potatoes — creamy, red potatoes with tender skins that don’t need to be peeled
  • Green beans — blanched for the best color and texture
  • Kalamata olives — these too add a nice briny bite
  • Red onion — I prefer red over white or yellow in this recipe for color
  • Capers — these pickled flower buds lend a briny pop to each bite
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh tarragon

How to Make a Nicoise Potato Salad

Plus, did you know potatoes are good for you? I know they’re not the first veg that comes to mind when you think of healthy vegetables, but they do happen to be rich in fiber and antioxidants.

Follow these easy tips for making the best Nicoise potato salad:

  • Salt your potato water for more flavorful potatoes. As is the case with cooking pasta, salted water adds flavor as the potatoes cook. To avoid pitting your pot, wait to add the salt until the water boils.
  • Blanch the green beans. A quick dunk for 30 seconds in boiling water takes away green bean’s raw flavor but maintains a nice, firm texture.
  • Multitask and save time. Since the potatoes take 15 minutes to cook, use that time to prep the rest of your salad. Blanch the green beans, chop your herbs, cook your eggs, and make your vinaigrette (if you haven’t already).
  • Dress the potatoes with some of the dijon vinaigrette (I substitute the vinegar with lemon) while they’re warm. Hot potatoes absorb the dressing, adding another layer of flavor.
  • Add the hard-boiled eggs after tossing the rest of the ingredients together. That way the yolks and whites stay intact and your potato salad will look prettier.

How is Nicoise Pronounced

Nicoise is French for a salad that originated in the coastal city of Nice, located on the French Riviera. Nicoise is pronounced “nee-swaaz.”

Salad Substitutions or Additions

  • Use other types of briny olives
  • Try Nicoise salad with jammy eggs instead of hard boiled
  • Instead of white potatoes, try using red or purple baby potatoes
  • Swap the green beans out for asparagus if you desire

Make it Ahead

  • This potato salad can be made the day before serving.
  • Add more dressing before serving if the salad seems dry.
  • The salad will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days but is probably best within one to two days.

What to Serve With This Potato Salad

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