Lentil Salad with Za’atar Eggs (or, I’ve been seeing myself in leggings a lot recently)

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Recently, I’ve been working very early in the morning. Asleep-in-the-shower early. Easiest way to dress myself is in gym gear, and maybe it will even lead to some exercise beyond working out the jaw muscles when I clock off. I’m kinda like this:


I’m not overly concerned about losing weight – I love to cook, and to eat, and I’m not stopping that at all – but I’ve not felt strong in some time, so I’ve tried being a little more active and cooking some of the things I love that are a little less butter-laden. Its not that I think I’m getting lardy, I’m just aware that I could be more fit. Plus, I get a really smug feeling when I cook something vaguely health-inducing, and the nigella voices of ‘oh look at that luscious greenery’ and jaime’s sputtering ‘beau-i-fool’s start being muttered as I mix.Β I get this way every summer. It usually ends in pizza.

I don't even work outYeah me neither

One way to enjoy overeating is to eat lots of things you can justify as healthy. In comes this recipe. The dukkah eggs are a take on a recipe from a delicious magazine circa 2006, and the rest is my take on vitamin-ey lentily-ey goodness. Enjoy!

Lentil Salad with Za’atar Eggs

Zest of one lemon, (halve lemon, set aside)
Olive Oil
Minced garlic clove
Can of Lentils
Hard-Boiled Eggs
Canola Spray
Za’atar, dukkah, some sort of crumbly delicious flavour topping

Chives, Mint, Parsley, Basil, Cilantro/Coriander (whatever your preference – fresh herbs)

Mix olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, and the juice of half a lemon in a bowl (enough to dress a single serve of a salad – about 2 tablespoons all up) Microwave for a minute. Drain a can of green lentils. Add to the dressing, toss, and microwave for another 1:30. Meanwhile, chop up the tomato and cucumber (to preference/how hungry you are) and place on top of warm lentils.

Next, take the hard-boiled eggs and spray lightly with canola. Roll in the za’atar/dukkah until coated. Quarter and place on top of tomatoes, cucumbers and lentils.

For the dressing, take some yogurt, chilli, and lemon juice and mix together. (I put this dressing on curries too) Add in the fresh herbs, and you’re set. Drizzle on top.

Serves one hungry person. WIth love, from Charlotte


6 thoughts on “Lentil Salad with Za’atar Eggs (or, I’ve been seeing myself in leggings a lot recently)

    Sarah | The Sugar Hit said:
    October 17, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Yum! This looks gorgeous – I think the most important thing when you’re trying to eat a bit healthier is to make sure that the food is tasty. And with this, you’ve nailed it!

      eating4241 responded:
      October 17, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Its a great quick meal, and terribly filling!
      Thanks for your lovely comment πŸ™‚ Char x

      delicateallure said:
      October 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

      One word – wow.

      I’ve eaten za’atar since I was a toddler and is well engrained in my diet, but I never would’ve thought to put it on eggs! Might just have to try this one!


        eating4241 responded:
        October 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

        Thank you so much! I love za’atar, its a delish way to make food (I actually almost exclusively use it on my eggs, and sometimes on my salads!) a little bit more special.

        Can I ask how you use it? I’m sure there’s better ways than on boiled eggs to make things a bit jazzed up!

        Thank you so much for your comment, really perks up my day to see I’m on the right track with things πŸ™‚ x

        delicateallure said:
        October 21, 2013 at 1:22 am

        It’s a pleasure to know new and exciting ideas to use traditional ingredients. Keep it up!
        I’ve just always eaten it traditionally, baked on or dipped bread in it, after being liberally plied will olive oil of course!
        You’ve definately cemented my readership. πŸ™‚
        I look forward to reading more from you!


    Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward said:
    October 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for posting this international recipe. I love za’atar!

    I love to hear about your dedication to health and balance! πŸ™‚

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