Skip to main content

Steelhead Trout Niçoise Salad Recipe

This recipe for Steelhead Trout Niçoise Salad is heart healthy, paleo- and gluten-free diet friendly.

Steelhead Trout Niçoise Salad Recipe
This recipe combines the fresh taste of steelhead with a classic French dish. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)
Print Recipe

Niçoise salad is one my favorites when I dine at seafood restaurants. This salad originated in Nice, France, and is still a staple today, though modern variations differ greatly from the original recipe of anchovies, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, and a simple olive oil dressing. Freshly cooked or canned tuna is often served on top, which is still popular, but I also enjoy this salad with fattier trout or salmon.


This steelhead trout niçoise salad recipe makes an ideal lunch or light dinner on a hot summer day. Blanch the green beans and boil the potatoes ahead of time, then store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make the salad. You can also do the same with the tarragon and mustard vinaigrette salad dressing, which I keep in a small mason jar – just shake and pour over the salad to serve. All there will be left to do is cook the fish, which shouldn’t take long at all. Grill the steelhead trout for a smoky flavor, but if you’re pressed for time, I love pan searing fish because I can get a nice crust.


Serves: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 portions of boneless steelhead trout fillet
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Herbes de Provence, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 10 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed
  • Handful of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 large hard boiled eggs, halved
  • Pitted Kalamata olives, to taste
  • Large bag of chopped, pre-washed butter lettuce mix

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch dried tarragon or freshly chopped leaves
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coarse mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans and red potatoes. Blanch green beans for 2-3 minutes, fish them out and transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking process, then drain. Allow the potatoes to cook longer until tender, about 10-15 minutes, then drain. Set aside to cool.

  2. Combine dressing ingredients and whisk well. Or you can combine ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and shake when ready to serve. Season to taste.

  3. steelhead trout nicoise salad recipe seasoning
    Season the steelhead trout with Herbes de Provence and freshly cracked pepper. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

  4. Rinse steelhead trout under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Season the flesh and skin with salt. Then season the flesh side with freshly cracked pepper and herbes de Provence. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When oil begins to smoke slightly, add the fish flesh side down and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Then flip and cook through with the skin side down until flaky. If you like crunchy skin, make sure to remove scales, and cook the skin side down first.

  5. steelhead trout nicoise salad recipe pan
    Pan searing the trout gives the fish a nice crust on the outside. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

  6. Slice the cooked red potatoes. Assemble salad by laying butter lettuce mix inside a bowl or a plate and top with the cooked fish in the middle. Place the sliced potatoes, blanched green beans, tomatoes, olives and hard-boiled egg on the side. Whisk salad dressing and spoon over the salad. Season salad with salt and pepper.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

In-Fisherman Calendar Periods

In-Fisherman Calendar Periods

In-Fisherman staffers target all fish and key on the revolving season calendar periods to maximize the the likelihood of catching more and bigger fish.

Daiwa Tatula 300 Baitcaster

Daiwa Tatula 300 Baitcaster

The new Tatula reel is perfect when an angler is on the water fishing big baits for big bass!

Simms Flyweight Wader

Simms Flyweight Wader

Constructed of three different kinds of Gore-Tex fabric, the Simms Flyweight Wader is durable, breathable, and features stretch in key areas of movement and stress that happen during a day of wade fishing out on a fast flowing trout stream.

Huk Waypoint Collection

Huk Waypoint Collection

Huk's new Waypoint Collection fishing apparel is conservation-minded by using recycled water bottles.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

This walleye recipe is a colorful and delicious way to serve your most recent catch.Walleye Baked with Sweet Peppers & Onions Recipe Fish Recipes

Walleye Baked with Sweet Peppers & Onions Recipe

Tom Kavanaugh

This walleye recipe is a colorful and delicious way to serve your most recent catch.

Lunar followers often check moon phases as well as timing of minors and majors.The Effects of Solunar Forces on Bass Fishing Bass

The Effects of Solunar Forces on Bass Fishing

Steve Quinn - June 22, 2020

Lunar followers often check moon phases as well as timing of minors and majors.

Bass rigs can be simple or complex, but most have evolved to include multiple variations.Bass Rigs You Need to Be Fishing Bass

Bass Rigs You Need to Be Fishing

Matt Straw

Bass rigs can be simple or complex, but most have evolved to include multiple variations.

See More Trending Articles

More Fish Recipes

This is not your run-of-the-mill fish recipe! Buttery, savory pecans are seasoned up to make an irresistible and addictive crust for catfish filletsPecan-Crusted Catfish Fillets Recipe Fish Recipes

Pecan-Crusted Catfish Fillets Recipe

Emilie Bailey

This is not your run-of-the-mill fish recipe! Buttery, savory pecans are seasoned up to make...

This delicious Tomato Basil Fish Soup Recipe with garlic croutons is excellent in winter on a cold night, or perfect in summer with fresh garden tomatoes and basil.Tomato Basil Fish Soup Recipe Fish Recipes

Tomato Basil Fish Soup Recipe

Chef Lucia Watson

This delicious Tomato Basil Fish Soup Recipe with garlic croutons is excellent in winter on a...

Simple and quick to make – this Crappie with French Herb Butter Recipe is an easy way to get dinner on the table.Crappie with French Herb Butter Recipe Fish Recipes

Crappie with French Herb Butter Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Simple and quick to make – this Crappie with French Herb Butter Recipe is an easy way to get...

This fresh and healthy salmon recipe gives the fish a sweet smoky flavor.Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon Recipe Fish Recipes

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon Recipe

Raschell Rule

This fresh and healthy salmon recipe gives the fish a sweet smoky flavor.

See More Fish Recipes

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now