Monday, October 4, 2010

Recipe: Lentil,Tomato and Artichoke Salad

This recipe is so quick and easy and with such a delicious outcome. I've only recently discovered the loveliness that is pre-cooked tinned lentils. No fussy soaking or boiling, and still great flavour. The only thing that takes time with this recipe is picking the parsley- but stick with it, it's so darn delicious. I tend to have it on the side of roast chicken or a baked sweet potato. The salsa verde mix is also really nice stirred into cooked buttered new potatoes. This makes a fair amount- but it's fantastic for lunch the next day. I packed some with kos lettuce, and some chilli and cumin marinated olives as a nice office packed lunch for my boyfriend. Nice and healthy.

Lentil, Tomato and artichoke salad with salsa verde dressing (serves 5 as a side dish) 99p per portion

2 tins green or puoy lentils, drained and washed
200g char grilled artichokes in oil, drained and chopped
150g halved cherry tomatoes, or larger tomatoes sliced into wedges
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
40g fresh parsley (30g parsley leaves, 10g stems)
Lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

1. Put the lentils, artichokes and cherry tomatoes in a bowl.
2. Place all the other ingredients into a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth.
3. Add the ingredients from the food processor to the lentils, and mix well. Season with plenty of salt and pepper and serve.


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  2. Yeah, i really think this salad is very good for you and filling at the same time- the healthy fats from the olive oil, the protein content from the lentils, and the high iron content you get from the parsley and many of the other ingredients.

    I did'nt know all that about the plastic- I guess i just tend to use those type of plastic lunchboxes because i know they seal properly, so i don't end up with olive oil all over my bag, lol!

  3. Just seen this after quite a while of not being here! The salad looks divine and I'm sure I'm going to give it a try. I'll be using dried, rather than tinned lentils, however, and a crop of little tiny cherry tomatoes which grow wild in my garden!
    Interesting combo of lentils with mustard. Did you know that's popular in the Czech Republic?

  4. No i had no idea it was a popular combination in the Czech Republic, and i went there last year, lol! Although my experience of Czech cuisine mostly involved rich goulashes, warm spiced wine, deep fried special cheese bar snacks (yuuuum), and some darn good beers. You lucky thing having tomatoes that grow wild in your garden, my fresh tomatoes are all over until next year unfortunately ):