Salad for breakfast should be in everyone’s repertoire. I would suggest using this recipe more as a template and be inspired by what is in your garden and at the farmers’ market to customize this salad to what is fresh that day. Summertime tomatoes need little adornment, but I find this preparation makes them brunch worthy.
Spice it up
Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend that is all at once bright, earthy, herby, and toasty. While the blend can vary greatly, it almost always contains dried oregano, thyme, sumac, and toasted sesame seeds. Don’t be surprised if you reach for this spice blend often, as it pairs equally well with meats, fish, and all types of vegetables.
- 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp za'atar spice
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 to 3 beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes
- Flaky sea salt to taste
- 1/2 cup canned chickpeas drained and rinsed, or crispy chickpeas
- 1 cup garden greens such as arugula, spinach, or kale
- 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil divided
- 2 organic eggs
- In small bowl, place onion slices, top with cold water, and add a few ice cubes. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- In another small bowl, whisk together za’atar and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
- Slice tomatoes and divide evenly among serving plates, laying them in an even layer. Season generously with spice mixture before sprinkling with flaky salt.
- To medium bowl, add chickpeas, greens, drained red onions, 1 Tbsp olive oil, and a good pinch of flaky salt. Toss to combine.
- In frying pan, heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil gently over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add eggs and season with flaky salt and a pinch of any leftover spice mix, if desired. Cook egg for about 2 to 3 minutes, spooning some of the hot oil overtop, until the whites are cooked, the edges are lightly crisped, and the yolk is cooked to your liking.
- To serve, top seasoned tomatoes with chickpea mixture, then a fried egg. Serve alongside slices of toasted bread, if desired.
Per serving: 426 calories; 17 g protein; 22 g total fat (4 g sat. fat); 42 g total carbohydrates (7 g sugars, 12 g fiber); 282 mg sodium