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Lentil Salad Version 2

Lentil Salad Version 2


  • 2 cups green lentils

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 onion, cut in half

  • 1 small potato, peeled and chopped into small pieces

  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock or water

  • 1 cup baby spinach, packed

  • 1 handful cilantro

  • 1/2 cup mint

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil or extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided

  • 2 shallots, finely diced

  • 1 carrot, finely diced

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced

  • 1/2 cup green peas, defrosted if frozen

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a medium size pot, add the lentils and enough water to cover. Add the bay leaf and onion halves and bring up to a boil, then cover and turn the heat down to medium-low. Simmer until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, when the lentils have been simmering for about 8-10 minutes, add the diced potatoes to the pot. While the lentils are cooking, add 1/2 cup vegetable stock or water, the baby spinach, cilantro and mint to the bowl of a food processor and pulse into a paste. Turn out into a large bowl and reserve.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add one turn of the pan of vegetable oil or EVOO. Add the shallots, carrot and bell pepper and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in green peas, season with salt and frehsly ground black pepper, and turn off the heat. Whisk the remaining 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or EVOO into the reserved spinach puree. Add the cooked shallots and veggies to the bowl along with the cooked lentils and potatoes. Give everything a good toss to coat and check the seasonings. Serve warm or chilled.