by Simon Hopkinson

This is not so much a niçoise recipe as a guide. Feel free to add as much or as little of each ingredient as you like - what's important is that every ingredient is as good quality as possible.

This meal, if served as four portions, provides 470kcal, 14g protein, 9g carbohydrate (of which 8.5g sugars), 41g fat (of which 7g saturates), 4g fibre and 2.9g salt per portion.

Light meals & snacks

Buyer's guide

Fresh anchovies are an oily fish that look and taste similar to sardines. They vary in size and can be bought either fresh or cured. Cured anchovies were originally left whole and packed in salt, but now they tend to be boned, cleaned and preserved in salt or oil and sold in cans or jars. Fresh anchovies don't travel well so are best eaten in the Mediterranean. They're not easy to find in the UK because there isn’t a great demand for them, but try Italian or Spanish delis. Otherwise buy them cured or preserved - supermarkets do a limited range but delis tend to sell a wider range.


Anchovies that are packed in oil need to be drained before use. You may want to soak the salted variety in milk for a while to get rid of any excess saltiness. The oil from a tin of anchovies can be used for cooking, if you want extra anchovy flavour.