Rice Salad Niçoise

I own a cookbook called The French Revolution, one of many cookbooks written by Michel Roux, Jr., published in 2019. As the back book cover states, “The French Revolution celebrates a true revision of the very best classics.”

Everyone most likely has heard of the French Roux family – specifically the brothers Michel and Albert, who were from France but moved to London and opened the well known La Gavroche. Two Michelin stars quickly followed.

Graduates from the kitchens of Le Gavroche include Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing, and just about every other chef you’ve ever heard of, including, of course, Albert’s son, Michel Roux Jr, and Michel’s son, Alain. Michel Jr. still runs La Gavroche since he taking over in 1991, and maintains the two stars. He has also written a “memoir-cum-recipes” called A Life in the Kitchen, revealing his time growing up amongst chefs and in restaurants.

I like the chef’s approach in this cookbook to make French food simpler and maybe less intimidating. But anyone who’s cooked French food knows that there are many similarities with it and say, Italian food. Many recipes are quite simple, relying of course on the quality of the ingredients. Steamed asparagus with a vinaigrette is not a scary recipe, but your asparagus better be very perfectly fresh!

The recipe I chose to make is a simple recipe, with fun flavors à la Niçoise. Think of a salade Niçoise – tuna, olives, capers, anchovies, and so forth.

Rice Salad Niçoise

200g / 7 ounces long-grain rice
2 red bell peppers, cut in half
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 salted anchovies, chopped
1 tablespoon capers
300g / 11 ounces canned tuna in oil, drained, flaked
100g / 3 1/2 ounces pitted olives, green and black roughly chopped
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
100g / 3 1/2 ounces baby spinach leaves, washed
Freshly ground pepper

Put the rice in a pan with plenty of water. Add salt, then bring to a boil and cook the rice for 25 minutes or until tender. Drain the rice well and spread it out on a plate so it cools quickly.

Put the peppers, skin side up, under a hot grill until blackened and charred. Leave them to cool, then peel off the skins and cut the flesh into thin strips. Discard the seeds and any white membrane.

Whisk the oil, vinegar, anchovies and capers together to make a dressing. Season with pepper and a little salt.

Put the rice in a serving dish and add the flaked tuna, pepper strips, olives, spring onions and spinach leaves.

Add the dressing just before serving and toss.

The salad is delicious. A hard-boiled egg would be a great addition.

I added extra green onion to the vinaigrette.

By Published On: June 16th, 202338 Comments on Rice Salad Niçoise

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Bernadette June 16, 2023 at 6:40 AM - Reply

    Thanks Mimi for sharing this recipe. I definitely will make it and add an egg.

    • Chef Mimi June 16, 2023 at 6:19 PM - Reply

      Great idea!!!

  2. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen June 16, 2023 at 6:47 AM - Reply

    This looks divine, all favorite flavors including that simple vinaigrette with all the best. Looks like a lovely book Mimi!

    • Chef Mimi June 16, 2023 at 6:19 PM - Reply

      Thank you Dorothy! It was a great salad.

  3. Healthy World Cuisine June 16, 2023 at 6:58 AM - Reply

    Now this is one delicious bite. The capers and anchovies that that dressing simply delicious. Our neighbor makes homemade red wine vinegar aged in an oak barrel and we we were lucky to get a bottle. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

    • Chef Mimi June 16, 2023 at 6:18 PM - Reply

      Oh yum. I bet that’s good!

  4. angiesrecipes June 16, 2023 at 7:55 AM - Reply

    I always love a good salad nicoise! This looks mouthwatering.

    • Chef Mimi June 16, 2023 at 6:17 PM - Reply

      I really enjoyed the flavors in this salad.

  5. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons June 16, 2023 at 11:15 AM - Reply

    What a perfect salad for summer. This looks delicious Mimi, thank you for the addition of the rice and the introduction to the books.

    • Chef Mimi June 16, 2023 at 6:17 PM - Reply

      You are so welcome! This was delicious.

  6. neil@neilshealthymeals.com June 17, 2023 at 1:05 AM - Reply

    Michel Roux, Jr is one of my favourite chef’s to watch on the TV. He’s just so genuine and really seems to love what he’s doing. I know this recipe is going to be amazing!

    • Chef Mimi June 18, 2023 at 3:40 AM - Reply

      I’ve never seen a video of him. I’ll have to check that out!

  7. Karen June 17, 2023 at 2:56 PM - Reply

    I have had a rice salad recipe for years that I take to potluck dinners. I think this will be my new go to dish.

    • Chef Mimi June 18, 2023 at 3:40 AM - Reply

      Oh nice! It’s very tasty.

  8. NancyC June 17, 2023 at 10:47 PM - Reply

    This looks like a great salad–I’ll have to add this to my “to try” list! :)

    • Chef Mimi June 18, 2023 at 3:40 AM - Reply

      I imagine you have a long list like I do!

  9. Carrie Tyler June 18, 2023 at 11:08 AM - Reply

    Wow, so much big flavor in this recipe! Looks delicious :)

    • Chef Mimi June 19, 2023 at 5:53 PM - Reply

      Thanks, Carrie. I really enjoyed this.

  10. Sherry Mackay June 18, 2023 at 7:57 PM - Reply

    tuna, capsicum, olives? All so tasty. and i do love some rice so this is a winner for me Mimi.

    • Chef Mimi June 19, 2023 at 5:52 PM - Reply

      As for me too! Great flavors and textures.

  11. David Scott Allen June 19, 2023 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    A beautiful recipe and a nice twist on the traditional. This is perfect for us as I always have rice in the house but not often potatoes. Can’t wait to try this over the summer!

    • Chef Mimi June 19, 2023 at 5:52 PM - Reply

      You’ll love it! I still love the original, of course…

  12. Madalaine McDaniel June 19, 2023 at 3:46 PM - Reply

    This Rice Salad Niçoise recipe from Chef Mimi Blog sounds absolutely amazing! The harmonious blend of flavors and textures in this salad is truly delightful. The presentation is stunning, with vibrant colors from the fresh vegetables, eggs, and tuna beautifully arranged on a bed of flavorful rice. The preparation process seems to be a culinary adventure, as each ingredient is carefully selected and combined to create a satisfying and refreshing dish. It’s a recipe that captures the essence of the Mediterranean and is sure to impress both your taste buds and guests alike!

    • Chef Mimi June 19, 2023 at 5:50 PM - Reply

      Well thank you! This is certainly a wonderful comment!

  13. Ronit June 19, 2023 at 9:49 PM - Reply

    Capers, olives, anchovies – hard to say no to a salad that has all my favorite ingredients in it! :)

    • Chef Mimi June 21, 2023 at 8:02 PM - Reply

      I agree with you completely!

  14. Velva June 20, 2023 at 8:56 AM - Reply

    This dish is proof that simple is best. A few quality ingredients and it speaks for itself.

    • Chef Mimi June 21, 2023 at 8:02 PM - Reply

      That’s exactly right!!!

  15. terrie gura June 21, 2023 at 9:03 AM - Reply

    This looks delicious! Love all those briny flavors together in one bowl.

    • Chef Mimi June 21, 2023 at 8:01 PM - Reply

      Exactly! It was delicious.

  16. Raymund June 22, 2023 at 3:01 AM - Reply

    I must say this looks absolutely delicious! I love how you’ve simplified French cuisine while still capturing those vibrant flavors. The combination of tuna, olives, capers, and anchovies sounds fantastic.

    • Chef Mimi June 22, 2023 at 7:22 PM - Reply

      Thanks, Raymund. The salad was delicious!

  17. Valentina June 26, 2023 at 10:59 AM - Reply

    Nicoise salads are a favorite over here, and this one looks extra hearty — and of course it’s so pretty! I have the same wooden salad tossers with the twisted handles. Love them. :-) ~Valentina

    • Chef Mimi June 27, 2023 at 8:44 AM - Reply

      Oh funny! I love wooden things! Especially olive wood.

  18. Thao @ In Good Flavor June 26, 2023 at 8:04 PM - Reply

    This salad looks amazing!! It’s perfect combination simple ingredients and bold flavors :)

    • Chef Mimi June 27, 2023 at 8:39 AM - Reply

      Exactly. Perfect for a summer picnic!

  19. Frank Fariello June 27, 2023 at 7:35 AM - Reply

    This looks *so* delicious! And familiar. If you used more rice and less other stuff, and mixed it all together this could easily be an “insalata di riso”.

    • Chef Mimi June 27, 2023 at 8:38 AM - Reply

      You are so right!!!

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