Sheet-Pan Vegan Niçoise Salad

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This plant-based twist on the classic Niçoise Salad uses roasted vegetables and crispy chickpeas for a vibrant, wholesome, and hearty meal! Vegan & Gluten-Free. 

Introducing: my new favorite spring/summer salad! This Sheet-Pan Vegan Niçoise Salad has it all: raw and roasted veggies, crispy chickpeas, salty things, and a bright and tangy dressing. It’s the perfect appetizer to share, or simple (but elegant main) for a laid-back lunch or dinner (bonus points if it’s al fresco). 

Small scalloped white plate of niçoise salad next to large tray of salad on white stone background

INGREDIENTS + INSPIRATION

Ingredients for Vegan Niçoise Salad on stone serving tray. Clockwise text labels read chickpeas, kalamata olives, olive oil, cherry tomattoes, dijon mustard, red potattoes, capers, chives, thyme, radishes, haricot verts, and shallot

Niçoise Salad is originally from Nice, France, and is a room-temperature salad with base of tomatoes, niçoise olives, tuna or anchovies, and eggs. At one point a French chef added some green beans and potatoes to it….and since then, well, the inspiration + variations have become pretty much endless! The ingredients are usually cooked separately, then tossed in dressing separately, then plated (separately), so each person can grab what they want 🙂

This recipe is a loose take on the classic – we’ve got some common ingredients here, but this plant-based take roasts the veggies instead of blanching them. This means a heartier flavor and less work for us – I call that a win-win!

HOW TO MAKE SHEET-PAN NIÇOISE SALAD

Photo of roasted chickpeas, green beans, radishes, and potatoes on baking tray next to photo of plated salad with fresh tomatoes, olives, and dressing

This vibrant, wholesome, and plant-based recipe comes together in only a few simple steps:

  1. Roast the chickpeas, capers, and potatoes until crispy.
  2. Toss some green beans and radishes onto the baking tray, then roast again
  3. In the meantime, whisk some olive oil, lemon juice, chives, shallot, and thyme together for a simple dressing
  4. Plate the roasted vegetables, add in some fresh, top with dressing, and serve!

gold serveware on large stone tray. Roasted potatoes, green beans, radishes, tomatoes, olives, crispy chickpeas, and a dressing are on the stone tray

NOW, MAKE IT YOUR OWN!

personally think this Vegan Niçoise Salad is perfect as-is, but it’s also a great “base recipe” for you to add to. If you’re wanting…

  • More crunch? Try adding sliced cucumber, shredded carrot, corn, or skip cooking the radishes
  • Plant-Based eggs? add super-firm tofu for a similar texture, or sprinkle some kala namak over the chickpeas!
  • More brine? top with quick-pickled red onions or artichoke hearts for a tangy and briny bite
  • More volume? serve over greens, though not traditional
  • Get creative: feel free to swap out the veggies and make it your own! Green beans can be replaced with asparagus or broccolini, potatoes can be swapped for chopped parsnips or sweet potatoes. Swap out the herbs for fresh basil or parsley. At this point it’s not really a Niçoise salad at all, but hey – the only thing that really matters is that it tastes good to you! 😉

Large stone serving tray of vegan niçoise salad, with dressing on the side and gold serveware

If you’re looking for more wholesome and vibrant plant-based salads, you’ll also love this Dilly White Bean & Cucumber Salad, this Curried Lentil Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, and this Rainbow Quinoa Salad with Red Curry Dressing!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations.

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Sheet-Pan Vegan Niçoise Salad

This plant-based twist on the classic Niçoise Salad uses roasted vegetables and crispy chickpeas for a vibrant, wholesome, and hearty meal!

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Americna
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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For the Salad:

  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 15-ounce (425 g) cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried thoroughly
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1.25 pounds (566 g) small red potatoes, quartered
  • 8 ounces (225 g) haricot verts (thin green beans)
  • 5 red radishes, ends trimmed and cut in half
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 dry pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup pitted niçoise or kalamata olives

For the Dressing: 

  • 23 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep: *If you have time, drain, rinse, and dry chickpeas in advance – this allows them to crisp up more in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425F and prep all the vegetables. Set a baking sheet aside.
  2. Roast: add the chickpeas, capers, a drizzle of olive oil, and salt to a large bowl and mix well. Spread across 2/3 of the baking sheet. Toss the potatoes in the same bowl with oil and salt, then transfer to the other 1/3 of the sheet. Roast on the top rack of the oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Make the Dressing: in the meantime, whisk the lemon juice, oil, mustard, shallot, chives, thyme, and salt and pepper together in a small bowl until emulsified. Toss the green beans and radishes with salt and oil in the same large bowl as before, then set aside.
  4. Get it Crispy: remove the baking tray from the oven and push the chickpeas to the side – they should be crispy. Add the green beans and radishes to the center of the tray, then roast on the top rack of the oven for an additional 13-15 minutes.
  5. Serve: Transfer the roasted elements to a large tray, then add on the tomatoes, olives, and dressing. Niçoise salad is usually served with the elements divided and at a slightly warm or room temperature, but you do you!

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. Just had this for dinner; it was amazingly tasty and easy to throw together! Highly recommend!

  2. This is such a great recipe! It’s easy and quick but still feels like a really nice meal that would take awhile to make.

  3. This was fantastic and will be a regular in our meal rotation. Because I’ve never been a fan of radishes, I considered eliminating them altogether but then decided to give it a try. Roasting them removes the sharpness and they were quite pleasant. The whole dish was really good – the mix of flavors, textures and temperatures is wonderful. I altered the dressing recipe by eliminating the oil and adding some white wine vinegar instead. I saw a suggestion on an earlier comment to add some maple syrup and/or agave syrup, which I think would be good too. Hat tip to you, Caitlin, for another winner of a recipe.

  4. This recipe was amazing! I used veggies I already had in the fridge. I used sweet potatoes and brocolini. I gave them the option of the dessing from this recipe or your jalepeno cilantro dessing. The kids even loved it!! It was super easy and is now going to be a regular in our house. Thank you Caitlin!

  5. So good. The chickpea caper combo is epic and would be so good on basically anything…

  6. Another amazing recipe! Simple, quick, and delicious. Perfect for spring. I used to love Niçoise salads before going vegan and this is such a great vegan version

    1. I have had this multiple times now, to the point where I even started substituting vegetables i have on hand. Such a good recipe, thanks!

    1. Yes, you can! You could also try adding a touch of maple syrup to cut the acidity of the lemon juice, since there will be less fat. Alternatively, you can make it with tahini for a slightly different flavor!