Salads in France are usually served after the main course. They are simple greens with a light vinaigrette type of dressing. But Salad Nicoise can be found on the menu as a lunch entree.
Salad Niçoise (pronounced nee-suaz) is essentially a French composed salad, much like our American Cobb Salad, but with tuna, green beans, and potatoes, instead of chicken, bacon, and avocado. Salad Niçoise hails from Nice, on the Mediterranean Sea. Niçoise salads are always made with raw vegetables and served with anchovies. Nicoise salads that are served in America are typically served on a bed of lettuce and include cooked green beans and potatoes. Depending on the establishment it can be canned tuna or freshly grilled tuna. This is one salad where it is all about the presentation :)