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Now THIS Is An Egg Salad

A runny egg salad is my kind of egg salad. Make an over-easy egg, place it over a salad and you instantly have a fancy schmancy delicious lunch.

I love eggs. I eat them in some form almost everyday. Did I ever tell you guys that I grew up with a huge chicken coop with over 30 chickens in it…right outside my bedroom window? Friends asked if the roosters crowing ever woke me up. Answer: nope. I never even noticed them until someone pointed out the noise.

Anyway, it’s amazing that I still like eggs considering the smell that accompanied that coop every year from about April to June. But man, those were some good eggs.

My favorite way to eat eggs is over medium. Yolks not too runny but never hard. I love eggs as a salad topping. The runny yolk makes a great salad dressing. I’m sure I’m totally grossing out some of you. heh heh.

I haven’t had true egg salad with the mayo and whatever else goes into the typical fare for years, but this is how I eat my “egg salad.”

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Not Your Average Egg Salad

  • 2-4 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 c cooked quinoa
  • 2 eggs
  • sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt & pepper
  1. Set a skillet over medium-high heat and lightly coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Carefully crack both eggs into the skillet. Let cook for about a minute.
  3. Add about a tablespoon of water to the pan and cover. [The water and the lid will help the eggs cook by gently steaming them.]
  4. Let cook a few minutes more until the tops are white. For very runny yolks (i.e. over easy), cook for 1-2 minutes; to get slightly cooked/slightly runny yolks (i.e. over medium), cook for 2-3 minutes; for gross yolks (i.e. over hard), cook 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and remove lid.
  5. Place greens and quinoa on a plate, slide the eggs on top, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and season to taste.
  6. Split that egg yolk open and devour.

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I like this with a buttered Ezekiel English Muffin – it’s great for sopping up extra yolk.

How do you like your eggs? One of my favorite movies is Runaway Bride and I love the scene where Richard Gere grills Julia Roberts about how she likes her eggs. And I love it even more when she makes all the styles to figure it out.

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67 Comments

  • Reply
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
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    I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been an egg person – even when I did eat them. There was something about the consistency that I just couldn’t do. That or my mind immediately went to baby chicks. I’m a freak.

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      Teri
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      Yeah, the baby chick thing is disturbing to think about…

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    Lauren
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    Eggs are one of my favorite foods & source of protein! My favorite way to eat eggs is medium-runny eggs + sharp cheddar cheese + avocado + spinach in a wrap or sandwich thin bread. I love all the creamy flavors & textures inside it.

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      Teri
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      mmmm….that combination sounds amazing!

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    Holly
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    i just caught up on your posts, and i just want to say that every post makes me love you more. the fashion, the similarity in the way we like our eggs, those ralph lauren sunglasses {!!!} and your upbeat attitude. hugs and love teriiiiii!!!!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      well, my goodness, you know how to make a girl feel good! Thanks Holly! <3

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    Holly
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    p.s. thanks for the cheesecake linkback 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      absolutely 🙂 thanks for creating such deliciousness.

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    Clare @ Fitting It All In
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    That looks absolutely incredible. I’ve never considered that I probably like eggs over-medium, but I probably do! The perfect in between.

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    April
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    I love eggs to but have not come to appreciate them beyond scrambled or as an omlette. When you go to Asheville next, check out The Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village. Top breakfast of my life there!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Mmm…I like the sound of that! I need to plan a trip to Asheville just for that!

  • Reply
    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
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    That is a great idea of how to make an egg salad (b/c I HATE traditional egg salad) 🙂 Thanks for the recipe idea!!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      You’re welcome! Let me know if you try it!

  • Reply
    Blog is the New Black
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    I like over medium, too. I like the idea of topping a salad with it!

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    Liz @ IHeartVegetables
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    I used to HATE eggs, and if I did eat them, I refused to eat the yolk. My friend finally convinced me to eat eggs haha. Now I enjoy them! I still dont’ eat them a lot though

  • Reply
    Lindselicious
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    I love over medium eggs too! My favorite way is over hot white rice, with soy sauce and tabasco! (It’s a Hawaii thing)

  • Reply
    Erin @ WholesomeRD
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    I never thought about an egg on a salad – brilliant! 🙂

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    Karen
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    I LOVE eggs too! This week I have had 2 hardboiled eggs in my salad every day for lunch. I think my favorite way to eat eggs is in omelet form only because you can change up the filling every time so it’s constantly something new!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I love hardboiled eggs in salad! But always forget to cook them ahead of time to use in my lunch.

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    Caitlin @ TPL
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    I love eggs! my favorite way is poached with a super runny yoke but I also love cheese and veggie omelet’s!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I love cheese and veggie omelets too.

  • Reply
    BroccoliHut
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    LOVE this idea! To be honest, I’ve never prepared eggs any way except scrambled or hard-boiled. This recipe looks like the perfect opportunity to expand my horizons!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      So happy to help expand your egg horizon! 🙂 Let me know if you try it!

  • Reply
    Lee
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    I’m definitely a scrambled egg fan. Gooey eggs kind of freak me out.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      My husband is the same way. I even cook my scrambled eggs kind of gooey and it totally grosses him out.

  • Reply
    Ashley
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    You know I’m an egg loooover!! Never had them over medium, but I’ve never met an egg I didn’t like. 🙂

  • Reply
    Maddie
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    I love Toad in a hole! It’s so yummy (and cute to say)

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I love that you call it Toad in a Hole. I always called it Egg in a Hole…I’m so uncreative. 😉

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
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    looks good! and i’m with you- local eggs are soooo much better!

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    Mel
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    What a cool idea!! This looks surprisingly good – and also surprisingly weird. When I was a little kid, I used to love soft-boiled eggs but I haven’t had them in years. Time to eggsperiment bah

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      Teri
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      I don’t think I’ve ever had a soft-boiled egg… time for me to experiment too!

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    Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
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    I just had eggs tonight for dinner! I often just scramble mine because it doesn’t require any technique–you really can’t mess up a scrambled egg!

    My grandma had chickens on our farm, and I definitely remember going to the coop to find all the eggs! Good times!

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      Teri
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      I eat scrambled eggs all the time. They are so quick and you’re right – you can’t mess them up!

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    Becky
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    i love Runaway Bride too and the egg part of the movie is sweet. I actually love my eggs the way you made them in this picture. I like to do a fried egg, or scrambled, over greens with a piece of toast and fruit. i like to use a dash of tabasco for flavor in my eggs. 🙂

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      Teri
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      tabasco is great on eggs but I always forget about it. thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ryan @ Aloha Appetite
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    “Gross yolks”… LOL! Since I was little, runny yolks have made me squirm, but this salad looks pretty good so I may have to try.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Let me know if you try it! (Love the name of your blog, btw.)

  • Reply
    Andy King
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    This is something different. Seems yummy. Would love to try.

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    Annie
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    Oh wow, great idea. I put hardboiled eggs on my salad all the time, but what an awesome idea using the yolk as the “dressing.” I think you just combined some of my favorite foods…eggs + greens + cheese + quinoa. Although I might try some feta or even goat cheese for some extra creamyness!

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      Teri
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      ooh, the addition of feta or goat cheese would be amazing!! good idea!

  • Reply
    brandi
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    I. love. eggs.

    Especially on top of grains – SO good! They’re delicious over easy or over medium on top of brown rice and veggies or other grains.

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    Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle
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    I grew up with a chicken coop also (although not outside my bedroom window thank god) and absolutely love the taste of farm fresh eggs. I like my eggs hard, runny eggs really gross me out for some reason!

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    Kacy
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    That seriously looks amazing. Not grossed out at all! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kristin
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    Looks delicious! I put one overeasy on a flatbread pizza with tomato sauce and ricottra the other day and it was so good, might be a new favorite 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      that idea is brilliant! I’ve got to try that!

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    AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon
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    Yum! I love scrambled eggs…but I also like eggs over medium on top of a sweet potato with bacon on the side…that’s my favorite way to eat eggs these days…

    • Reply
      Teri
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      um, yeah, that sounds AMAZING. sweet potato + bacon + egg?! I’m totally sold.

  • Reply
    Lauren
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    WHY have I never thought about doing this before. I love eggs, I love quinoa, I love salad…I’m making this tomorrow morning! Delicious idea! BTW, just found your blog the other day and I already spent probably too much of my work time browsing it. Love the title and picture banner…keep up the good work!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      well thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
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    That looks really good, though I’ll take mine over hard and with dressing. Runny yolks gross me out!

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
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    I love love love eggs too! I’m an over hard kind of girl… Yuck runny yolks!

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    Jess @atasteofconfidence
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    Over easy:) Great scene from the movie!

  • Reply
    BIOCHEMISTA
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    What a good idea!!!! I could totally see having this as brunch on a Sunday 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      that’s a great idea to make it for brunch! I need a girls’ brunch now so I can serve it… 🙂

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    Chase
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    I like my yolks runny too. Buttered toast dipped in runny yolks, heaven. =)

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    [email protected]
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    Yum this looks amazing I have never tried eggs on salads besides hard boiled I definitely want to test this out!

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    Rachel Wilkerson
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    I eat eggs every day too! This salad looks delicious. My favorite way to eat them is fried with toast to dip in the runny yolks…ever since I was a kid, that’s been my preference! But lately I have been eating a ton of spinach and feta omelets and sometimes I go for the (traditional) egg salad at lunch. They are the most perfect food.

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      Teri
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      toast in the running yolk is the best. I read this comment today right before lunch time and guess what I had? over-easy eggs with buttered toast to dip. You inspire me.

  • Reply
    Cara
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    I’m not a huge egg person, but I just had a poached egg on a salad at a restaurant and it was AMAZING! Eggs on green salads rock!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      i should ordered poached eggs when I go out because i can NEVER get them right at home!

  • Reply
    emily (a nutritionist eats)
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    I’m the same way! As “gross” as it sounds to have runny eggs be the dressing, I couldn’t agree more!

  • Reply
    Taylor @ Delish World
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    This sounds like the perfect post-workout meal! I will be trying this soon!

  • Reply
    Channon
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    Your egg salad looks intriguing and very creavtive! I will give it a shot.
    I love to whip up my eggs in a food processor with low fat cottage cheese, 2% swiss and arugula, pour it into a glass baking dish and cook until set… my crustless quiche.
    I also love them poached, hardboiled, scrambled with cheese, crumbled on salad… anything but fried.
    And since I love egg salad, I have made up my own healthier version that uses 1/2 eggs and 1/2 tofu, plus plain yogurt, dill pickle cubes, yellow mustard, paprika, pepper and just a touch of Smart Balance mayo.

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