Moje – Coriander Salad

January 05, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, Food, Spain 2,625 views

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Finished MojeI’m about to share with you a family recipe that my mother-in-law makes. I have no idea how widespread this dish is throughout Spain, but neither my wife nor I have heard of it outside her family. In the family, this dish is called a moje, which is closest to the word meaning “wet”. It is a very light meal, good for right after those heavy family holiday meals. It works well either as an entire meal or a salad compliment to a main dish. It’s also a great answer to the question, “What am I going to do with all this cilantro?”, should such a question ever arise.

Let us begin…Tomatoes, Cilantro, Onions

First you need some tomatoes, coriander (also known as cilantro), and some spring onions. Note that I only used three of the pictured tomatoes.

Chopped Cilantro

Clean and chop the coriander. Be sure to drain and remaining water from the bowl, as the tomatoes will give plenty of moisture to the salad later.

Chopped Tomatoes

Chop the tomatoes in about the sizes shown. Ideally, you would want tomatoes slightly more ripe than those pictured. Add the tomatoes to the bowl.

Chopped Onions

Chop the spring onion in strips, as shown. You may optionally cut these in half to make them shorter. Add the onions to the bowl.

Now comes the surprise ingredient, one that I would never have thought to add to a salad…

Fried Eggs

Fried eggs! It’s very important that you cook some of the eggs so that the edges get crispy and leave others so that the yolk is still liquid. This will allow for a yellowy juice to form at the bottom of the bowl that is absolutely delicious to mop up with bread.

Make sure that you let the eggs cool before cutting them into pieces and adding them to the bowl. Ideally the contents of the bowl should be about room temperature.

Finished Moje

Mix all ingredients with a fork and serve, adding salt, extra virgin olive oil, and vinegar to taste. Be generous with the salt and oil!

This salad is wonderful and it’s really worth going out of your way to obtain some fresh cilantro to try it at least once.

Enjoy your moje!

  • Tasty! I’ll have to try this. I love cilantro.

    This reminds me of a Thai dish a friend makes with shallots, coriander, lime juice, and ground pork (and something else that I have forgotten at the moment) all tossed together. Different ingredients for the most part, but similarly light, nutritious and tasty.

  • Once again I am left to seethe about the fact that cilantro/coriander is UNAVAILABLE at any time of the year in this region.

    We returned from the relentless forced eating of the family togetherness time determined to live on salads for the next few weeks, so we would certainly try this if not for [see paragraph above].

    A salad Lyonnaise also contains an egg whose yolk’s consistency is a critical component of the dressing.

  • I can’t say that I have ever seen coriander in the stores here either. We get ours from a friend of my father-in-law’s that has an herb garden and ends up with more parsley, coriander, etc. than he knows what to do with. Luckily, my father-in-law’s chickens produce more eggs (see photo above) than he knows what to do with. Thus, we have a source of herbs and spices.

    I have no doubt that those grass-like herbs would grow in your climate, sgazzetti. Perhaps you could order some seeds online or something? Might be too much work, though.

  • Jose

    Hey! I know a store that sells cilantro in Colindres.
    Yes, this is 100% Spam.
    Greetings from Madrid. 😉

  • Man, these spammers are ruthless!

    Glad to know you’re still with us, Jose. I’ll be sure to direct any future “grocery availability” questions your way.

    For the rest of you, Jose’s parents run a grocery store in Colindres. I try not to shop there, though, because I disapprove of their bulk blog comment marketing tactics. 🙂

  • We have grown cilantro in the past here, actually, but we suck at gardening in general, and cilantro is pretty picky — if you don’t harvest it constantly it will go to seed immediately and become worthless (unless it’s coriander seeds you’re after, which we can buy here. Oddly.

  • So interesting. It seems like you’re always using eggs in some inventive way.

    I recently made a salad with quinoa, cumin, cilantro, corn, and chives and it was fantastic.

    Next year I think I’m going to be sure to add cilantro to my herb garden.