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Niçoise Toast with Fresh Herbs

Hello and welcome! We are heading into the weekend with this very delicious, very simple recipe for Niçoise Toast. I love Niçoise Salad and this recipe puts a tiny salad on thick slice of fried bread. Move over Avocado Toast, I think I have found my new favorite toast! This recipe is super simple to toss together and it does so with pantry staples. I will say that you will want to go with oil-packed tuna for this though, which is something I have mentioned before, like with the Mediterranean Tuna Salad we made recently. Olive oil-packed tuna is rich, flavorful and moist. But with the flavors packed into this toast, tuna is only part of the story, let’s get to the recipe!

Niçoise Toast

Perfectly Boiled Eggs

I am making two toasts, so I think a single egg will be enough for two, but since I am boiling eggs, I might as well make an extra one, just in case. Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. Once boiling, use a spider or a skimmer to lower the eggs in the boiling water. Set a timer for 8 minutes. When the 8 minutes is up, transfer the eggs to an ice bath. They can sit in the ice bath until we are ready to use them. Eight minutes will yield a slightly runny yolk, so if you want a more well-done yolk, let them boil for 10 minutes.

Dress Your Tomatoes

shallot and tomato salad

Since we are awaiting summer tomatoes, I am using grape tomatoes in this recipe, which are sweet and juicy. Slice them in half lengthwise and thinly slice a shallot. Toss these together in a small bowl with lemon juice, sugar and Kosher salt. Set aside and let’s move on to the mayonnaise spread.

In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, fresh garlic, vinegar and paprika. Recently, I decided to jump on the pre-peeled garlic train. I really don’t enjoy peeling fresh garlic, so I purchased a small bag of pre-peeled garlic at the grocery store. Just keep it in the freezer and it’s so easy to pull out a few cloves and let them defrost on the counter for a few minutes. If I am grating the garlic, like for this mayonnaise spread, I just grate the partially frozen cloves on my zester.

mayonnaise spread

Fried Bread is the New Toast

Toasters are easier, of course. But this toast is special and toasting the thick slices of country bread in olive oil will give you a deeply toasted bread; soaking up some of the olive oil and creating a crunchy exterior to hold up the toppings perfectly. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmery, add two slices of bread. We will very lightly toast one side and then flip. The second side, we will let go a little longer, to get some good browning.

frying bread slices

Just keep peeking at the bread in the skillet and pull it out when it’s toasted to your liking. So we have our dressed tomatoes and shallots and our souped-up mayo spread. We also have oil-cured black olives, you can use whatever olives you like best – or you can use capers. I have fresh tarragon and some parsley flowers, use your favorite fresh herbs – basil, parsley, dill, any of these would be great!

Niçoise Toast building

Build Niçoise Toasts!

We will build our Niçoise Toasts on the more well-toasted side of the bread. The lightly toasted side will be on the bottom. These few, simple ingredients are going to come together and the whole toast is really going to sing!

Spread the mayo on, use as much as you like. The tuna is next, one 5-ounce can of tuna is perfect for two toasts. Then, spoon on the tomato and shallot mixture; spoon on a little of the lemon dressing too. Break apart the eggs and place the pieces evenly over the tomatoes, shallots and tuna. Then, nestle the olives in between the eggs, tomatoes and tuna. Sprinkle the herbs and some flaky sea salt. A few cranks of fresh cracked black pepper – and that’s it!

Niçoise Toast

These are definitely fork and knife toasts! So colorful and full of fresh flavors. The oil-packed tuna is rich and moist; the eggs add a rich and creamy texture; the tomatoes add a juicy pop; their lemony dressing brightens up the toasts and the shallots give it just enough bite. We ate one of these toasts right away, but the other one sat out on the counter and we nibbled on it all afternoon, and even after a few hours, the toast was still crunchy on the outside and held up beautifully.

Niçoise Toast

Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope you make this Niçoise Toast! Perfect as a light lunch or dinner on a spring or summer day. Pretty effortless, with a great reward. Remember, you can find me on Pinterest, where you can pin recipes and share them with your friends and family. Take care everyone, be well. xo Kelly

Niçoise Toast perfect bite

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Niçoise Toast

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Dinner, Lunch, Snack American/French
By Adapted from Molly Baz's recipe, via Bon Appétit Serves: Makes 2 Toasts
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 20 Minutes

These are definitely fork and knife toasts! So colorful and full of fresh flavors. The oil-packed tuna is rich and moist; the eggs add a rich and creamy texture; the tomatoes add a juicy pop; their lemony dressing brightens up the toasts and the shallots give it just enough bite.

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 5-8 Grape Tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 small Shallot, thinly sliced
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small Garlic Clove, finely grated
  • 1 tsp. sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Slices Sourdough bread, sliced thick
  • 1 5-oz. can Oil-Packed Tuna, drained
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup torn mixed tender herbs (such as dill, parsley, basil, and/or tarragon)
  • 2 tbsp. Oil-Cured Black Olives, pitted, flesh torn

Instructions

1

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Gently lower eggs into pot with a slotted spoon and cook 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Peel eggs; set aside.

2

Toss lemon juice, tomatoes, shallot, sugar, and a pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl.

3

Whisk mayonnaise, garlic, vinegar, and paprika in a small bowl; season with kosher salt.

4

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium until shimmering. Add 2 slices of bread and cook, adjusting heat as needed, lightly toast one side then flip and toast the other side until bottoms are deeply browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

5

Spread mayonnaise mixture over the more toasted side of bread.

6

Top with tuna, then tomato mixture; spoon some of the dressing over the toast.

7

Tear each egg into 3 or 4 pieces and arrange on top.

8

Season with flaky sea salt and pepper. Scatter herbs and olives over.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Sylvia Espinoza
    May 20, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Hi, Kelly! Tuna sandwiches sure have come a long way since my childhood! Your recipe today is a feast for the eyes. I hope to surprise my husband with it soon. He likes boiled egg IN the mix. Wait’ll he sees it on top…on a one side lightly toasted, one side firmly toasted slice of thick bread, an idea I really like. I continue to enjoy learning from you! Hugs!~

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      May 20, 2021 at 9:41 am

      Hello Sylvia, The boiled eggs add so much smooth, rich texture and flavor to this toast. I am sure your husband will love it! Also, you can’t beat how colorful it is – A feast for the eyes for sure! Thank you so much for dropping me a line, I do enjoy hearing from you, xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Deanna
    May 20, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Oh, my! This ain’t my mama’s tuna fish sandwich! I’ve been buying water packed tuna forever, so I will give the oil packed tuna a try. Definitely going to make these! As Sylvia said above, a feast for the eyes!

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      May 20, 2021 at 10:29 am

      Hi Deanna! Oh, I can’t wait for you to try the oil-packed tuna – such a game changer! Let me know how you like it and how you like these toasts. Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂 xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Bobbe
    May 20, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Another great one. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      May 20, 2021 at 10:30 am

      Thanks so much Bobbe! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Jill Sweetapple
    May 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

    This was amazing! It was a delicious lunch and kept me filled up for hours and hours. I have some mayo left and may just have to put together another.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      May 21, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Hi Jill, I am so happy you made the toasts! They are so wonderful, and yes, a perfect lunch as they really do satisfy. Thank you so much for writing in to let me know they were a hit! I think that mayo spread would be so great on any sandwich! Have a great weekend, xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Barbara Lacy
    April 30, 2022 at 9:48 am

    This looks and sounds fabulous! You continue to surprise us with unusual, yet fairly simple recipes and your instructions are perfect.

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      April 30, 2022 at 10:06 am

      Thanks so much, Barbara! I am so happy you are inspired by the recipes! I do hope you give this one a go – it’s really wonderful. Have a lovely weekend, xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Terry
    April 30, 2022 at 10:15 am

    This looks really good, as the days get longer and hotter I can see us having this for dinner. Gma will enjoy this… have a great Saturday ❤️? mom

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      April 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      It is a perfect light meal for a hot day – I am sure you will enjoy it, Mom! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Mari
    April 30, 2022 at 11:35 am

    Move over avocado toast is right. Pack your bags avocado toast, you are taking a well deserved vacation. It’s not that people are tired of you, but maybe they are taking you for granted, and want you to go away so they can meet the new kid on the block. This one will be a big hit with the tuna fanatics in my family, of which there are two. Where did I go wrong with my two youngest? They simply won’t eat it, and then there is my son in law who can’t even tolerate the smell of any kind of fish. Oh well, more tuna for the rest of us! With eggs, I like them harder generally, but when they are part of a salad or an entrée, the softer the better. Someone whose name and blog I have sadly forgotten, gleefully referred to soft egg yolks, as egg jelly. I really enjoy that nomenclature entirely too much. So whoever and wherever you are, thank you for egg jelly. Thank you Miss Kelly for this sassy and wonderful Nicoise sandwich. It is on for today and any other day someone asks for it. Happy sunny but windy Saturday to Kelly, Alex, Terry, Dante and the Ladies. ☀️??

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      April 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Mari, This is a very special toast. I love the flavor combination – especially with the fresh herbs. I am sure it will be a hit with the kids that like tuna! Have a wonderful Saturday, enjoy the sunshine! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Sally+Burke
    April 30, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Good morning Kelly, salivating whilst reading this recipe, so simple, but pleasing to the eye. A definite for lunch soon. We eat a lot of canned fish preferring in oil, but trying to be healthy, usually in brine. This toast just wouldn’t have the same flavour if one didn’t use the tuna/salmon in oil. And I much prefer a soft boiled egg which adds to the creaminess of this recipe. Like Mari, our two eldest children don’t eat fish so when they were growing up we didn’t eat much fish at all, but now we certainly make up for it. Thank you for another great meal idea.
    Happy cooking ?‍?
    Sally ?

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      May 1, 2022 at 8:33 am

      Good Morning, Sally. This Niçoise toast is something I think you will really enjoy. It’s such a great lunch or light dinner. It is really such a pretty presentation, especially with that bright yellow egg yolk! If you make it, Let me know how you like it. Have a wonderful day, xo Kelly

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