Hello. I am back in London after a month hiatus to perform and visit family. My first recipe this round is based off one a friend made for me just before I left. It is basically a lentil salad with carrot, beet and seasoning but it will make a fabulous addition to any picnic or a great cold meal on a summer night. Corey and I ate the left overs for lunch yesterday with a bag of corn chips so it can pass as a thick dip as well. After trying it, he told me: “I don’t usually like cold salads but this one is great.” He is a brown lentil fan, but still… taste test passed. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did/do. Thanks Eva!
Eva’s Lentil Salad
- 2 cups dried brown lentils (soaked in water for a few hours)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 large onion
- 4 carrots
- 2 beets
- 1 bunch cilantro or basil (about one cup)
- 1/2 block of feta cheese (if using)
- 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (I used almonds and cashews but walnuts or a seed mixture will work too)
- 2 tbs sumac spice (middle eastern spice)
- 4 tbs good olive oil (plus more to taste and more to cook)
Extras: You can serve this on a bed of greens or over quinoa or plain. I also mixed in our left over quinoa from yesterday and it was a great addition.
- Drizzle a small amount of oil in a saucepan on medium/low heat. Add chopped garlic and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is transparent.
- Add in drained lentils and cover with water about 1/2 inch above the lentils. Bring to a boil and then let simmer about 20 minutes or until the water is almost gone (you can add more water while simmering if necessary).
- Turn on oven to 360 degrees (about 150 C). Peel and chop beets in small squares. Place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake until slightly brown and beet squares have shrunk in size (about 20-25 minutes).
- Peel and chop carrots and place in large serving bowl.
- Chop cilantro and add to the carrots.
- Add the cooked lentils and beets to the mixture and stir.
- Pour 4 tbs of olive oil, sumac, 1-2 tbs salt and 1/2 tbs pepper on the mixture and stir. Add more to taste. Add feta, if using.