Salade Niçoise is iconic, as is the Pan Bagnat which is just a Salade Niçoise sandwich. This is somewhere in the middle: a bread salad full of all the flavors that make a Salade Niçoise a Salade Niçoise: cherry tomatoes, tender blanched haricots verts, anchovies, garlic, lemon, olive oil, thyme, basil, and the best part, albacore in olive oil.
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Niçoise pasta salad is a harbinger of spring. Served cold, the dish evokes picnics and backyard cookouts. It would be equally at home in a porcelain dish or a paper plate, placed on a dining room table or beside a kiddie pool. (Meaning: It's classy and versatile.)