Egyptian egg salad

Give salad a shake-up with an Egyptian-inspired recipe that combines fava beans with egg and the rich flavours of tahini, garlic, lemon and cumin

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:5 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 260
  • fat 12g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 17g
  • sugars 7g
  • fibre 10g
  • protein 16g
  • salt 0.3g


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 400g can borlotti or fava beans, juice reserved
  • 2 Little Gem lettuces cut into wedges
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • sprinkling of dried chilli flakes and roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley, optional


How do you like your eggs?

If you prefer your eggs hard-boiled, cook for an extra 2 mins.



  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil, lower in the eggs and boil for 8 mins. Drain and run under the cold tap to cool them a little, then peel and halve. Meanwhile, mix 1 tbsp lemon juice and 3 tbsp water with the tahini to make a dressing.

  2. Heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic for 5 mins to soften them. Add the ground cumin and seeds, stir briefly then add the beans and lightly crush some of them as you heat them, adding some of the juice from the can to get a nice creamy consistency but keeping whole beans, too. Taste and add lemon juice and just a little seasoning if you need to.

  3. Spoon the beans on to plates with the lettuce, then add the eggs and tomatoes, with the tahini dressing, chilli and parsley, if using.

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