Rice Salad Niçoise

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


Makes 4 to 6 servings

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Nutritional 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


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


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.