Poached Salmon Nicoise Salad
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Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Cold-Poached Salmon Nicoise Salad with Crispy Potatoes

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings






  1. For the salmon: Add the wine, Dijon mustard, dill sprigs and 1 cup of water to a large straight-sided skillet. Squeeze the juice from the halved lemon into the skillet and then add in the lemon halves. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Sprinkle the salmon with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Once the liquid is simmering, gently add the salmon, skin-side-down, and turn the heat to low. Place the lemon slices on top of the salmon, cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. The salmon should easily flake apart with a fork. Carefully remove the salmon from the liquid and set on a plate. Cool completely.
  2. For the dressing: Add the vinegar, oil, dill, mustard, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to a glass jar with a lid. Cover and shake to emulsify. Set aside until ready to assemble the salad.
  3. For the salad: Add the potatoes to a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover the potatoes by 4-inches. Add a big pinch of salt and heat over medium high heat. Bring the potatoes to a boil and let cook until the potatoes are fork tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the potatoes to a plate. Reserve the pot with boiling water to use to cook the eggs and haricot vert.
  4. Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Bring the water back up to a boil, then add your eggs and cook for 7 minutes. Remove the eggs to the ice bath. Bring the water back up to a boil and add the haricot vert. Cook until they are tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove the haricot vert to the ice bath. Drain and cut them into thirds and set aside until ready to assemble. Remove the eggs from the ice bath, peel and set aside.
  5. Using the flat base of a measuring cup or a glass, lightly smash the potatoes to expose some of the flesh. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Carefully add the potatoes into the pan, seasoning side down. Sprinkle the exposed side of the potatoes and cook until they are crispy and golden brown in places, about 4 minutes per side. Some potatoes may break apart, that’s totally fine! Remove to a plate and set aside until ready to assemble.
  6. To assemble the salad: Arrange the frisee and romaine leaves on a large platter. Drizzle about half of the dressing and toss to coat. Top the lettuce with the crispy potatoes, haricot vert, tomatoes and olives. Flake the cooled salmon into large pieces and scatter it on top of the salad. Slice the eggs in half and nestle into the salad. Drizzle on the remaining dressing and serve.