I am always keen to find new and creative ways to prepare traditional dishes that are usually served the same way at home and in restaurants. I love the flavours of a Niçoise salad, especially the salty olives and capers combined with the crisp beans and onions. In this recipe I took my love for Niçoise salad and combined it with my current obsession, traybakes, the one pan dream for any dishwasher.
The traditional ingredients of Nicoise salad such as green beans, olives and tomatoes are included in this dish, as well as a few extras including artichokes and asparagus. All of the veggies are tossed in a lemon, caper and basil vinaigrette and roasted in the oven for 10 minutes, then topped with pieces of salmon and cooked for a further 15 minutes.
You can serve everything on a tray along with a simple green salad for people to help themselves to, or toss all of the warm ingredients into a salad. To stick to the primary rule of a traybake, only using 1 tray, I didn’t include an egg in this recipe but you can always add a poached or hard boiled egg before serving.
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
- 3 tbsp capers
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 red onions, quartered
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 cup asparagus
- ⅓ cup black olives
- 1 cup artichoke hearts
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit)
- In a bowl whisk together the olive oil, crushed garlic, basil, capers, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Set aside
- In a place the chopped red onion, tomatoes, green beans, asparagus, black olives and artichoke hearts. Drizzle ⅔ of the dressing over the vegetables and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Place the salmon fillets on the veggies and top with a slice of lemon. Return to the oven and bake for a further 12-15 minutes until the salmon is cooked through.
- To serve remove the salmon from the tray and gently flake with a fork. Pour the remaining dressing over the veggies and salmon and serve.