Warm Lentil Salad with lemon and feta

Do your kids like pulses?  Mine aren’t mad about them but once upon a time they made this warm salad and scoffed the lot.  I tend to sneak it into our family cooking routine once every couple of months.

Lentils are an excellent source of fibre, iron, potassium and a stack of other goodies so are well worth always having on hand and serving as often as you can, particularly if you are a woman of um, er a certain age…

Kid Friendly Lentil Salad

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Kid Friendly Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quality lentils (Puy, black or blue)
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 small Lebanese cucumbers, finely chopped
  • 1 small lemon, peeled then finely chopped (save a little of the skin to zest over salad, no pith)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Good swish of quality EVOO
  • Good swish of quality red wine vinegar
  • 150g feta cheese
  • 1 large roasted beetroot (remove skin), chopped
  • Handful of sultanas
  • Large handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • Large handful of mint, finely chopped
  • S & P to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the lentils in some water in a fine sieve/colander to remove any dust or impurities. Now put them in a saucepan, add water to just cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until soft. Drain, rinse under cold water and place into a large salad bowl.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients (except the beetroot) into the salad bowl and toss gently to combine. Taste and adjust. If it's a little too tart add a sprinkle of raw sugar.
  3. Arrange the chopped beetroot on top and serve immediately.
  4. I served the salad with a roasted beef fillet, creamy mashed potatoes and a glass of Pinot Noir. (Water for the kids of course!)
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The salad also goes beautifully with chicken, pork or fish.  It is also delicious eaten by itself or piled on top of some well-toasted ciabatta.

What’s your go to salad?

Until next time…

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