Arctic Char Niçoise Salad

A tasty take on traditional tuna niçoise uses arctic char as a savory, satisfying replacement. Bottled Italian dressing gets a little "doctoring" and the potatoes and haricot vert are cooked together to make quick work of this delicious meal. Definitely a good dish for special occasions.

Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup bottled light Italian vinaigrette
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 TB minced parsley
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp anchovy paste (optional)
  • 4 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 2 TB capers
  • 8 baby potatoes, washed and halved
  • 4 oz haricot vert, trimmed
  • 1 lb arctic char, skinless, cut into 4 4 oz filets
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 4 hardboiled eggs. sliced
  • 12 nicoise olives
  • 4 tsp chives, minced

Instructions

Whisk together the vinaigrette, garlic, parsley, mustard, and anchovy paste. Set aside. Combine tomatoes, onion, and capers in a small bowl. Toss with 2 TB vinaigrette and reserve. Cover potatoes by 1-2” of cold water in a medium sauce pan fitted with a steamer basket. Place haricot vert in basket. Bring to a boil and cook/steam for approximately 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender and haricot vert lightly steamed. Rinse haricot vert under cold water, drain, and toss into tomato mixture. Drain potatoes and toss with 2 TB vinaigrette while still warm, set aside. 

Season arctic char filets with ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. Lightly coat a nonstick sauté or grill pan with cooking spray and heat over high heat. Sear filets for approximately 4-5 minutes per side or until done. Set aside.

Toss lettuce with remaining vinaigrette and divide across 4 dinner plates. Divide tomato salad and dressed potatoes evenly across plates and place in small composed piles. Add 1 sliced egg, 1 char filet, and 3 olives, to each plate. Garnish each plate with 1 tsp chives and serve.

Notes

The vinaigrette, tomato/onion salad, potatoes, and beans can all be prepared earlier the day you’re serving this dish to make it quicker to bring to the table.