Tunisian twist

M’Hamsa and green lentils salad

M’Hamsa and green lentils salad

Serves 6 - 8

  • 500g M’Hamsa
  • 250g green lentils
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ unpeeled onion
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Tunisian sundried tomato harissa
  • 2 natural preserved lemon slices, diced
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 4 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Ground pepper

Cook the lentils in unsalted water with thyme, bay leaf and onion, i.e. ± 20 min. Lentils should remain firm. Drain the excess cooking water and transfer the lentils to a bowl.

Meanwhile cook the M’Hamsa in about 7dl of unsalted water for 7-8 min. Mix with a spatula during cooking. When the beans are still slightly al dente, transfer to a deep dish to cool. Crumble the small grains with a fork.

Combine the lentils and the M’Hamsa, add the other ingredients. Mix and serve cold or slightly warm.


The combination of lentils and M’hamsa is a base that can be embellished in different ways: with diced beetroot, with diced avocado and tomatoes, etc.