Monday, 3 July 2017

Madhouse recipe : #KitchenClearout Salade Niçoise

This colourful, tasty salad was a result of throwing together a few things from the cupboard when it was too hot to eat what was originally pencilled in on the menu plan. Finding a tin of pilchards in the cupboard, and knowing that I had some lovely fresh green beans that I'd picked up at the local farmer's market, as well as some leftover cooked potatoes in the fridge, I decided to create a twist on Salad Niçoise. Traditionalists say that Salade Niçoise should only contain tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, olives and anchovies or tuna, but other common ingredients include potatoes, green beans, tuna, red peppers, capers and even rice.

 #KitchenClearout Salade Nicoise

ingredients :

2 leftover baked potatoes
a drizzle of garlic-infused olive oil
some blanched green beans
a tin of pilchards
some cherry tomatoes
salt, black pepper

Chop the potato into bite-sized chunks.

Put in a bowl with a drizzle of garlic-infused olive oil and toss. (I reused the pan that I had blanched the green beans in, but there is no need to cook anything !)

Add the blanched green beans - they need to stay al dente so don't overcook them. You could use tinned green beans but the flavour is nowhere near as good.

I used pilchards but any canned fish would do - tuna, mackerel, sardines, ... I drained off the tomato sauce, as it was very runny.

Add the fish to the bowl and roughly break up with a fork.


Throw in the halved cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, toss and serve.

Adding to this month's #KitchenClearout linky.


  1. Great idea to use pilchards in a twist on Nicoise salad. I think I have a tin of pilchards too somewhere in my kitchen.

    1. Canned fish always comes in handy for those days when you can't be bothered to cook !

  2. I would never have thought of throwing this lot together but it looks wonderful, I'd definitely give this a go

    1. LOL It can be a bit hit and miss when I start combining whatever's in the cupboard but this one definitely worked ! :)

  3. This looks so delicious. I haven't bought Pilchards for years. A great recipe to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

    1. They came in a foodie subscription box and have been lurking in the cupboard ever since !

  4. The dish looks great. Amazing what you can make with what we already have.

  5. This looks yummy although I've never tried pilchards I do enjoy tuna cod and haddock so would love to try this xxx