October 18, 2009

Warm Lentil Salad with Apple and Currants

A Sunday night pantry search: what to do with French lentils, an apple, a small onion, and leftover fresh herbs? Put them all together in a warm lentil salad. This was ready in half an hour, and turned out surprisingly delicious. I paired the lentils with toasted and buttered slices of homemade sourdough rye bread. This would also make an excellent main course with a whole grain, such as quinoa or brown rice, and would be a nice side dish with roasted chicken.

1 cup French lentils (larger green or brown lentils would also be fine)
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme, plus 1 tsp minced thyme leaves (separated)
1 sprig fresh rosemary, plus 1 tsp minced rosemary leaves (separated)
2 Tbsp plus 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (separated)
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
1 apple chopped (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup dried currants
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or freshly squeezed lemon juice)
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
  • Rinse lentils in a sieve, and pick through to remove any pebbles or other extraneous matter. Transfer lentils to a medium sauce pan and add cold water to cover (3 to 4 cups). Add bay leaf, rosemary sprig, thyme sprig, and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer partially covered for 20 to 30 minutes, until lentils are tender but still hold their shape. Drain lentils and remove bay leaf and herb stems.
  • While lentils are cooking, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Saute onion with a pinch of salt until softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Add apple and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apple pieces are tender but not falling apart.
  • In a medium bowl combine lentils, onion and apple mixture, parsley, currants, and chopped thyme and rosemary. Dress with 3 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

9 comments:

  1. Of course this goes together! My pantry would never be so convenient. Autumn deliciousness.

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  2. This looks like a lovely and flavorful dish. I'm always looking for new ways to reinvent lentil salad. I'll have to try this recipe soon!

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  3. Nancy, I'm making this recipe this evening, and if it's okay with you, I'm planning to post it next week, and link it to your blog.

    Let me know!

    Best,

    Christine

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  4. Nancy,

    Just tasted this dish, it's excellent!

    Best,

    Christine

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  5. Hi Christine,

    I'm so glad you liked the lentil salad! It has become one of my favorites. Feel free to post on your blog too - that would be great!

    Nancy

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  6. Thank you so much Nancy, I'm looking forward to posting it sometime next. I'll keep you updated!

    Christine

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  7. Nancy, I posted your recipe yesterday, it's received great comments!

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  8. Hi Christine,

    Thanks so much for posting the lentil salad on Fresh, Local and Best! Great photos!

    Nancy

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