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Sponsored Post: Making Nicoise Salad with Walmart Groceries plus a special offer for SPC readers

Obvi­ously run­ning a site about food and kids means I’m slightly biased but it feels like every­one I know is inspired to be in the kitchen these days. After a long dry spell with­out many guest posts, our in-boxes are jammed with the coolest recipes from our fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity of par­ents. It’s easy to be full of great meal ideas when the mar­kets and stores are full of such great local pro­duce. The only splotch in the pretty pic­ture I’m paint­ing here is the heat. The veg­eta­bles fill­ing up my fridge want me to cook up a storm. The heat wants me to have a pop­si­cle for dinner.

My com­pro­mise? Salad for din­ner. I’m not talk­ing about a lit­tle green side salad. I mean a salad that’s a meal. We’ve been mak­ing lots of them on the site lately but Salad Nicoise is one of my favourites. It’s great for a week­end lunch or an easy week­day din­ner. So easy to make – I bet you have half of the ingre­di­ents right now. You can make this dish with a grilled piece of fresh tuna – and that’s del­ish – but you can also make it more sim­ply with canned tuna. You can serve this while the green beans and pota­toes are warm or serve the whole thing at room temperature.

When I went on my inau­gural trip to buy gro­ceries at Wal­mart, the salad options were what sur­prised me the most. When you think of shop­ping at Wal­mart, you think of stock­ing up on paper towel, laun­dry soap and maybe some pack­aged foods. Or at least that was my impres­sion before actu­ally going. But the selec­tion of fresh pro­duce at its 143 Super­centres across Canada is exten­sive. I picked up lit­tle red pota­toes, slen­der green beans, pep­pers, toma­toes, berries and let­tuce. Every­thing I needed for my Nicoise and then some. The prices are extremely com­pet­i­tive – as you’d expect – par­tic­u­larly with the berries, which are usu­ally so pricey.

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Nicoise Salad

1 head of let­tuce (I like Boston but a salad mix would work, too)
1 can tuna (I like the Ital­ian canned tuna but you could use some­thing lighter)
8 small red pota­toes
2 hard boiled eggs, quar­tered
2 hand­fuls of green beans, washed and trimmed
4 plum toma­toes, quar­tered
¼ cup black olives, pitted


1/3 cup white wine vine­gar
1 tbsp Dijon mus­tard
2 tsp honey
½ cup olive oil
salt and pep­per to taste


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place your pota­toes in the boil­ing water and cook for about 5 min­utes. Add the trimmed green beans to the pot for another 3 min­utes until all the veg­eta­bles are ten­der. Drain well and set aside.

Wash and spin your salad greens. Tear or chop into bite sized pieces. Toss the greens in a bit of salad dress­ing, coat­ing them lightly.

Spread your dressed greens on a plat­ter. Arrange your ingre­di­ents in small mounds, tuna in the mid­dle (bro­ken up into chunks), beans together, pota­toes together, olives together etc. Driz­zle salad dress­ing over (unless you have sauce-averse chil­dren in which case peo­ple can dress their own).


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