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Salmon Nicoise with Caper Dressing

Lemony caper vinaigrette heightens the flavors of sweet summer corn and crisp, cool cucumber in this unconventional take on salade Nicoise.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2016


  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 2 tablespoons juice, plus lemon wedges, for serving
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound baby yellow potatoes
  • 12 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 4 ears corn, cut into 1-inch coins
  • 4 skin-on salmon fillets (5 ounces each), room temperature
  • 3 mini cucumbers, or 1 English cucumber, sliced on the bias
  • Olives, such as Nicoise


  1. Whisk together zest and juice, 7 tablespoons oil, and capers; season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large pot, cover potatoes with 2 inches of water; season with salt. Bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced with the tip of a knife, 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add beans to pot; boil until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add corn and boil 1 minute more; drain.

  3. Season fish with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high; swirl in remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add fish, skinside down; cook, flipping once, until skin is crisp and fish is just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve, with potatoes, beans, corn, cucumbers, olives, dressing, lemon wedges, salt, and pepper.

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