Asparagus Salad Nicoise

A French classic from Provence, this version takes its inspiration from Ontario asparagus, greenhouse tomatoes and mushrooms. It makes a simple but sophisticated main course for dining al fresco.

Recipe and photo are courtesy of Foodland Ontario.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 5 mins. | Serves: 2


1 lb (500 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed
2 cups (500 mL) cooked cubed Ontario Potatoes
1 cup (250 mL) sliced Ontario Mushrooms
1 can (6 oz/170 g) water-packed chunk tuna, drained
2 hard-cooked Ontario Eggs, peeled and cut into wedges
1 Ontario Greenhouse Tomato, cut into wedges
8 oil cured olives
1/3 cup (75 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp (25 mL) each white wine vinegar and water
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp (10 mL) each dried tarragon and Dijon mustard
1 tsp (5 mL) drained capers
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) pepper


Dressing: In small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, water, garlic, tarragon, mustard, capers, salt and pepper; set aside.
1. In large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook asparagus until tender-crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well.
2. On 2 dinner plates, arrange in groups, asparagus, potatoes, mushrooms, tuna, eggs, tomato and olives; drizzle with dressing.

Nutritional Information

Per serving:
Protein: 38 grams
Fat: 25 grams
Carbohydrate: 47 grams
Calories: 556
Fibre: 6 grams
Sodium: 500 mg