Egg and Rocket Salad

Rocket and Egg Salad

Recently I’ve had relatively little time to dedicate to blogging or cooking – I’ve been working and writing my CV. In fact all I’ve managed to prepare in the past couple of days has been an extremely simple yet fantastically tasty egg and rocket salad. I think simple food is sometimes the best – meals which really show off individual flavours well. The important thing to remember is that you want to showcase the taste of every individual ingredient, so you don’t want to use a flavour which is going to overpower the others. So when making this salad it’s probably best only to use a small squeeze of lemon juice because otherwise you’ll find that it’ll dominate the dish rather than improve it. From a cooking perspective make sure the poached egg is runny inside as it forms an integral part of the salad dressing.

This will be my last post for a few days as I’m going to visit my lovely girlfriend. However, although I won’t be able to blog I’ll be taking my trusty camera with me in order to snap any frugal dishes which may be created on my travels. To be honest this will probably happen every night because I’ve been told that her family are sick of cooking – they want their resident chef back!

Anyway I hope you enjoy this delightful and extremely simple and healthy salad as much as I did – it was simply delicious.

Egg and Rocket Salad {recipe}

Serves 1


  • 1 egg
  • A handful of rocket
  • A few cherry tomatoes
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Olive oil


  1. In order to poach your egg heat some water in a pan until just boiling, crack the egg in and a cook for a few minutes. As I said above try not to overcook it so the yolk becomes hard. Place a handful of rocket in a bowl, drizzle some oil over the top and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Add some tomatoes chopped in half to the salad and place the cooked egg on top. Finish off by seasoning.

Cost: This whole salad will cost no more than 70p to make, and even less if you keep your own chickens like we do! Never has 70p tasted so good!

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46 comments on “Egg and Rocket Salad

  1. countrywoodsmoke
    August 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Mmmm looks deliciously simple, though i’d probably be tempted to slide in an anchovy or two!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Ah that’s a really good idea!

      • countrywoodsmoke
        August 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        I make a very similar salad with our own duck eggs, and a few home made croutons using stale bread, can’t beat it really
        Really enjoying your blog lots of great recipes

        • frugalfeeding
          August 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

          Thanks very much! I love duck eggs, really really good for making cakes!

  2. cookingcarmen
    August 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I love poached eggs, and this looks fantastic!

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    August 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Great advice about not wanting any one ingredient to be overpowering. This looks awesome!

  4. saiyiu
    August 12, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Looks simply delicious. I love runny eggs, but never tried it in a salad before–mostly soaked up with bread or Korean rice.
    Rockets! This is the first time I’ve heard of greens being referred to as such, but it’s a much more fascinating way of naming your vegetables than their plain North American terms.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 13, 2011 at 12:00 am

      Thanks! Rocket is a variety of lettuce! It is really peppery and delicious. Also I’m British 😛

  5. Errign
    August 12, 2011 at 1:54 am

    You’re totally right – simple food is often the best food because no ingredients outshine the others. I love egg on salads, especially with a runny yolk.

  6. Jereme's Kitchen
    August 12, 2011 at 5:27 am

    That looks so good! I luv it when things are simple like this

  7. bonfood
    August 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

    That looks so good!

  8. Janice
    August 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Looks perfect and so simple. Good luck with the CV! Remember to rewrite it for every job and match the criteria (once a University Careers Adviser – always a University Careers Adviser lol!)

    • frugalfeeding
      August 13, 2011 at 12:03 am

      Ah yes! Already done :D. I never went to see one, not sure why…

  9. mamaseacat
    August 13, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I’ve never heard of “rocket” but I figured it was some kind of green leafy vegetable. I love salads with hard boiled eggs. I’ve never had it with a poached egg. I’ll have to try that.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Exactly – it’s a type of lettuce, really fiery and peppery.

      • saiyiu
        August 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        Ah, see in Canada we call them arugula. Now I know where you’re at in the grocery store.
        My favourite way of eating arugula is in a salad with strawberries, walnuts and feta. Maybe a drizzle of creamy dressing too.

        • frugalfeeding
          August 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

          Ahha, I think I’ve heard it called that before actually – the name certainly rings a bell. Your way sounds really nice, really sweet and delicious yet with a real kick from the feta. Delicious.

  10. The Southern Lady
    August 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Everything here looks wonderful. The poppy seed cupcakes and the blackberry crumble really caught my eye and this salad, so yummy!

  11. Debbie
    August 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What an idea! To poach and egg and drop it in a salad. Healthy! I will have to give this a try. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      August 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Please do! Don’t worry about the typo 😛

  12. Debbie
    August 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    HA! Really need to read what I type before hitting post. lol

  13. cookinginsens
    August 15, 2011 at 7:20 am


  14. whatsaysyou
    August 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Wow that looks so yummy. By the way, I love anything to do with egg salad. Don’t mind me saying this: can you maybe do a meal with spinach in it in the next up and coming recipe?

    • frugalfeeding
      August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks! I’ll probably do some spinach stuff soon yeh. There was an egg and spinach bake posted a couple of recipes ago! Why not give that a try.

  15. Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshair
    August 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Lovely blog. I love simply prepared eggs with sharper greens like arugula. Perfect spring/summer light fare!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks! Yeh me too. I just love the flavour of eggs.

  16. blisscodisco
    August 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Salads and eggs are a frequent meal in the summer at our house. Really like the idea of poaching the egg instead of using hard boiled.
    Really enjoying your blog, simple yet tasty food is my favorite.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you! I love eggs, especially as we keep chickens – they are so much nicer. I think poached eggs are probably my favourite type of egg, they also take next to no time to cook.

  17. maryklein8
    August 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Everything’s better with an egg on it!

  18. Joanne
    August 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    True, this may be simple, but arugula and eggs are some of the best ingredients on the planet. Delicious!

  19. cityhippyfarmgirl
    August 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Nothing better than a simple salad that lets all the flavours speak for themselves. Enjoy your time away.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      There really isn’t. I did and I’m now back! Expect more blogging.

  20. Karina
    August 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Love the simplicity, and it looks incredile. It is definitely making it to the plate for my lunch tomorrow.

  21. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    August 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    This is a great idea! So simple, so pure and so respectful of the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  22. mamafritz
    August 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    yummy, this looks delicious! i love eggs…

  23. conniejcampbell
    August 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I grow eggs, tomatoes and arugula here in Canada… yes, I call it rocket when I come across the pond….so I will definately try this as it looks so good. Beautiful picture.

  24. conniejcampbell
    August 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Actually… to clarify… I don’t grow eggs, I raise chickens who unselfishly give up their eggs for me. I use rocket (arugula) also as I do spinach, throw it into stir fry, soup etc. Plant it every 2 weeks and just keep cutting it back, it doesn’t bolt in the heat so keeps providing all summer long.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

      I made the same mistake a week or so ago 😛 I understand. Sounds really good! I’ll have to try growing my own salad leaves, althougb weather conditions at the moment probably aren’t the best… Please do try it. Thanks!

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