Thanks to Steelhead Coaching for this delicious recipe!
Ahhhh, Spring is here! It's time to get outside and play! It's also a great time to switch things up in the kitchen again. It's so easy to get into a rut (which we triathletes often call a routine:-) ) but our bodies need variety in what we eat. Try to vary your protein, fat and carb sources frequently. The change of season ushers in lots of fresh produce and it feels good to eat lighter and tangier foods like this incredible vegetarian lentil salad. Enjoy!
1 1/2 c small French lentils
1 med carrot, finely diced
1/2 sm onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
2 med red bell peppers
Lemon vinaigrette (see below)
2 tsps mint, chopped
3 tbsp chopped mixed herbs: parsley, marjoram or cilantro, thyme
sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar to taste
8 oz feta cheese
olive oil, for garnish
Rinse lentils, cover generously w/ water, bring to boil w/ the carrot, onion, bay leaf, garlic and salt. Simmer about 20-25 min until tender, just a little firm and drain.
While lentils cooking, roast peppers over a flame until they are evenly charred, and put them in a covered bowl to steam for 10 min or so; then scrape off the charred skins with a knife. Do not rinse. Slit them open, remove veins and seeds, and cut into squares.
Prepare vinaigrette (see below) and fold into the warm lentils. Add mint, herbs, and most of the peppers. Season w/ freshly ground pepper and salt, if needed. Before serving, add vinegar to brighten the
flavors. Crumble feta and add to lentils. Garnish with remaining peppers and drizzle some olive oil over the surface.
juice and peel of one large lemon
1/4 tsp paprika
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
6-8 tbsp virgin olive oil
Slice two wide strips of lemon peel into narrow slivers. Put 3 tbsp lemon juice in a bowl w/ peel, paprika, cayenne, garlic, and salt. Whisk in 6 tbsp of olive oil to taste. Adjust lemon or olive oil for
(This recipe is from the fabulous vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco called Greens.)
Steelhead Coaching is based in Portland, OR.