Easy Nicoise Salad Kids Can Make

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When I first saw French Nicoise Salad on menus at restaurants or online I wasn’t too excited about it. There were ingredients I don’t like, it seemed complicated and there are plenty of other salads to try that actually sound yummy.

But, when our Raddish Kids box with the French theme arrived and we tried their version, I was hooked, and so were my kids. Even my son who hates lettuce declared it yummy!

One of the best parts of this easy Nicoise salad is that my kids can literally make the whole thing without me–well, almost; they still need help with the can opener.

Let’s get started with our easy Nicoise salad that kids can make, shall we?

Making your salad

easy Nicoise salad to make with kids ingredients, lettuce, tomato, egg, olives, white beans
The Nicoise salad ingredients

Start by slicing your tomatoes into quarters or eighths, whichever size you prefer.

slicing tomatoes for easy nicoise salad to make with kids
slice tomatoes

Peel your hard boiled eggs. You can find our tutorial for making perfect hard boiled eggs in this post.

Open the can of olives and white beans and drain them both.

slice the olives for easy nicoise salad to make with kids
slice the olives

Slice the olives and set aside. You can slice them however you like them best. We sometimes do many slices, just in half, width wise or length wise.

sliced lettuce for easy nicoise salad
slice the lettuce into bite sized pieces

Chop your lettuce into bite sized pieces. We use romaine and spinach or spring mix. Any lettuce that you prefer will do. Add to a bowl and set aside.

Once all of the ingredients are chopped, mix up the dressing. Add 2 Tablespoons of the dressing to the lettuce mixture.

Arrange all of the ingredients on a serving tray. We like to do it all in a line. Then drizzle the remaining dressing over the salad ingredients and serve!

easy nicoise salad to make with kids
Nicoise salad by kids

We never have left overs with this one because it’s soooo good! The secret is the dressing. We never buy dressing from the store because it’s so easy to make quickly at home, and this is our go to recipe.

And there you have it, easy Nicoise Salad that kids can make that will become a quick easy meal for your family.

If you want your kids to gain kitchen skills, but don’t know where to start, you might like our post Teach Kids to Help in the Kitchen.

Easy Nicoise Salad Kids Can Make

Recipe by Kirsten, adapted from Raddish KidsCourse: Dinner, LunchCuisine: SaladDifficulty: Easy


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This easy Nicoise Salad is simple enough for kids to make and delicious enough for the whole family to enjoy.


  • 2 tomatoes

  • 3 hard boiled eggs

  • 1 can white cannellini beans

  • 1 can pitted black olives

  • 4-6 cups romaine lettuce or spring mix greens

  • Dressing
  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1 tsp mustard

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, about 2 Tbsp

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil


  • Slice tomatoes into quarters or eights, depending on the size you want.
  • Peel and slice the hard boiled eggs in half or quarters, depending on the size you want.
  • Open olives and drain. Slice.
  • Open beans and drain. Set aside
  • Chop lettuce, if necessary, into bite-sized pieces. Add to a bowl
  • Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Pour 2 Tablespoons dressing over salad greens and mix well.
  • Arrange all salad ingredients–lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, olives and beans, on a serving tray in rows, keeping ingredients from mixing.
  • Drizzle remaining dressing over salad ingredients and serve.

Recipe Video


  1. Jane | 20th Apr 20

    This is one salad I’m excited about! Simple, easy to make and healthy. And I love all the ingredients, especially the olives.

    • Kirsten Reeder | 20th Apr 20

      Glad to hear it! It really is, and such basic ingredients. I like eating salad, but not making them so much, but this one we make a lot!

  2. Easy to make salsa to celebrate Cinco de Mayo | Vibrant Mom Society | 4th May 20

    […] finely as well. Kids can help with this using the knife skills they worked on making the Nicoise Salad. This will help it mix better and taste […]

  3. Beth Shields | 13th May 20

    This is great. My granddaughter absolutely loves a Cobb Salad and in part, because of the way we display it. She would love this. Pinned and passing it on. Thanks.

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