I love classic salad nicoise, a beautifully arranged, composed salad of tender vegetables, tuna, and olives. But being fortunate enough to live in the Pacific Northwest, I have access to delicious smoked salmon, which I love to substitute for the tuna in salad nicoise. In this Pasta Salad Nicoise with Smoked Salmon, I did just that, and I also swapped out the traditional potatoes for cooked pasta to put a summer-time twist on the idea.
Pasta Salad Nicoise with Smoked Salmon makes a great summer meal at home, but also transports nicely to a barbecue or picnic outdoors. It makes an attractive presentation, with the bright green vegetables, red tomatoes and salmon, rich black olives, and vibrant yellow egg yolks. As summer approaches, tomatoes and green beans will be in local markets and grocery stores in abundance, and this is a great celebration of these seasonal produce stars.
This Pasta Salad Nicoise with Smoked Salmon would make a wonderful addition to your next barbecue or picnic. It would also be a lovely summer meal to serve guests, especially if dining outdoors. Add this to your summer salads rotation for a nutrient-dense pasta salad option!
Original publication date: May 24, 2021
In this Pasta Salad Nicoise with Smoked Salmon, I swapped out the traditional potatoes for cooked pasta and subbed salmon for tuna, to put a Pacific Northwest summer-time twist on the idea.
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