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Rice Salad Niçoise

Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Notes: This recipe is already easy, but for a kid-friendly shortcut, purchase cooked rice from a Chinese restaurant; you will need 5 cups.


  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice (see notes)
  • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces green beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and pressed or minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Fresh-ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh chives
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, stemmed and rinsed
  • 2 cans (6 oz. each) solid light tuna in olive oil, drained and broken into large chunks with a fork

Nutrition Information

  • calories 400
  • caloriesfromfat 38 %
  • protein 16 g
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • carbohydrate 45 g
  • fiber 2.4 g
  • sodium 585 mg
  • cholesterol 20 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 3- to 4-quart pan, combine rice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until water is absorbed and rice is tender to bite, 20 minutes. Spread rice level in a large baking pan and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pan over high heat, bring about 2 quarts water to a boil. Snap ends off green beans and snap or cut beans in half. Add to boiling water and cook just until bright green and tender-crisp to bite, about 2 minutes. Drain, rinse well under cold running water, and drain again.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, mustard, and garlic until smooth. Add oil and whisk until well blended and thick. Add salt and pepper to taste and 3 tablespoons each of the parsley and chives.

  4. Spoon rice into a large bowl (with sealable lid, if planning to transport). Pour dressing over rice and mix to coat. Gently stir in beans, tomatoes, and tuna. Sprinkle with remaining herbs.