Get a taste of southern France with these produce-packed vegan niçoise bowls. Rich artichoke hearts and chewy chickpeas replace tuna and eggs without skimping on the hearty, satisfying flavors of this classic dish. You can use any briny, tangy olive in place of the Kalamatas to give you that classic zing or add a sprinkling of capers if olives aren’t your thing. A luscious tahini dressing brings a creamy element to this bowl of goodness that comes together in a flash.

By Shelli McConnell,

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  • 1 lb. fingerling potatoes
  • 12 oz. thin green beans (haricots verts)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 12-oz. package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and quartered
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 cups butterhead lettuce leaves
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained (1½ cups)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • ½ cup slivered red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


  • Place potatoes in a steamer basket in a large saucepan. Add water to saucepan to just below the basket. Bring to boiling. Steam, covered, 12 minutes or until tender. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl; let cool. Return steamer basket to saucepan. Place green beans in steamer basket. Steam, covered, 5 to 8 minutes or until crisp tender. Remove steamer basket from pan and let beans cool. Season beans and potatoes with salt and pepper. Set artichoke hearts in a colander set in the sink and pour hot water over them; drain well.
  • For Tahini Sauce, stir together tahini, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper (if using). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach drizzling consistency.
  • Place lettuce in bowls. Arrange potatoes, beans, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, tomatoes, and onion in bowls. Sprinkle with olives and thyme leaves. Drizzle with Tahini Sauce.

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Just curious - the recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, but the directions don’t say what to do with it. Is it mixed into the sauce? Or just sprinkled on top?

Lisa, Forks Over Knives Support

Hi Terri, Thanks for bringing this to our attention! The parsley is used in step 2 and is blended with the other tahini sauce ingredients. We have corrected the instructions.


This is delicious and very easy to prepare. I would live alone and so this gave me enough for three meals. I forgot to add the onions and it was still delicious.

Cecelia Stappler

Looks yummy

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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens test kitchen before moving into an editorial position within DotDash Meredith. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. McConnell loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen. Find her on LinkedIn.
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