Sunday, 12 May 2013


Warm lentil salad with sun dried tomato

We’re in that in between period aren’t we?

We've had a taste of proper spring with blue skies and sunshine but it has been short lived. Summer feels a long way off as I get drenched cycling home in yet another down pour. I even end up picking rhubarb in the rain as it just doesn’t seem to show any signs of stopping.

Rhubarb in the rain

I don’t want winter warmers but I’m really not ready for just a cold salad yet.

Spring flowers in the rain

This warm lentil salad is a real in between recipe and can be adapted to suit Vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

We have had it with mozzarella and rocket, so that the cheese melted slightly and oozed over the lentils but we've also had it with spit roasted chicken..sorry to offend any staunch veggies by mentioning chicken- look away now!!

Warm lentil salad with chicken and creamy lemon sauce


If you are in search of other salads do check out La Tartine Gourmand- a blog I love

Bea is a French food writer and photograph who I admire greatly and has just posted a delicious quinoa, asparagus and broad bean salad recipe.

So here is the warm lentil salad recipe, it’s easy delicious and worth trying for a change.

Sun dried tomatoes

Serves 4
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 20-25


1 large red onion
30 g sun dried tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
Good glug of olive oil
500ml of good vegetable stock- or chicken stock if you can!
250g Puy lentils


1.     Slice the onion finely, chop the garlic and fry gently in a pan in a glug of  olive oil, until the onion is soft.
2.     Add the chopped, or snipped sun dried tomatoes. I find snipping them up with scissors much easier and quicker.
3.      Tip the lentils into the mixture and coat with the garlic onion oil let them absorb the  flavour for a minute or two, but keep stirring them so they don't stick.
4.     Add the stock and cover for about 15 minutes. Check them to make sure they aren’t drying out. If they seem to just add a little more stock, until they have absorbed all the liquid and are nice and soft. This takes about 20-25 minutes 

It is great served with a young green leaf salad and mozzarella. 

Warm lentil salad

Sun dried tomato

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