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Satisfying Crawfish Nicoise Salad

Satisfying Crawfish Nicoise Salad

2/3 c. good quality olive oil
½ c. fresh lemon juice
¼ c. minced shallot
1 T. Creole mustard
1 T. fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt/black pepper
1 t. sugar
1 lb. cooked crawfish tails
½ lb. fingerling potatoes, halved
½ lb. French green beans, trimmed
1 (6-oz.) pkg. fresh mixed greens or your favorite greens
6 boiled eggs, quartered
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
½ c. pitted kalamata olives
Fresh thyme leaves, garnish

  1. In bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, shallot, mustard, thyme, sugar, salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, toss crawfish with 2 T. of the vinaigrette. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In large saucepan, bring potatoes to boil in salted water. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, 8-10 minutes.
  4. With slotted spoon, remove potatoes to a medium bowl.
  5. Add 2 T. of vinaigrette to potatoes, toss to coat. Set aside.
  6. Prepare an ice water bath.
  7. In saucepan of boiling water, cook beans until crisp-tender, 2-4 minutes. Using tongs, transfer beans to water bath to stop the cooking process.
  8. Drain and pat dry.
  9. Transfer beans to another bowl. Add 2 T. vinaigrette and toss to coat.
  10. To serve: Place mixed greens on a platter or in bowls.
  11. Arrange crawfish mixture, potato mixture, green bean mixture, eggs, tomatoes and olives over the top.
  12. Serve with remaining vinaigrette. Garnish with fresh thyme.
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