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Lee's picture

Mediterranean Fresh (post #63003)

I made the lentil salad with mint vinaigrette from Mediterranean Fresh tonight to go with salmon.  It's a delicious salad.  I used brown Spanish lentils which I had never even seen before, much less cooked.  They cook faster than lentils de Puy and aren't quite as firm, but they have a lovely, nutty flavor.  I'm going to buy another container or two.

soupereasy's picture

(post #63003, reply #1 of 11)

I have been enjoying the warm lentil salad from one of the new WS books.  Really tasty! :)

FL.Cook's picture

(post #63003, reply #2 of 11)

Recipe please!!!


shipscook's picture

(post #63003, reply #3 of 11)

Me too, please! sounds nummy!


Lee's picture

(post #63003, reply #4 of 11)


From Mediterranean Fresh, by Joyce Goldstein


Serves 4


2 cups green lentils (preferably lentils de Puy), rinsed

2 teaspoons sea salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ cups diced onions

½ cup diced carrots

1/3 cup diced celery

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Freshly ground black pepper

About 1 cup mint vinaigrette

¼ pound crumbled feta cheese (optional)


Place the lentils in a saucepan with water to cover by 2 inches.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently, covered, until tender but not soft, adding the sea salt after the lentils have begun to simmer.


While the lentils cook, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan or skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions, carrot and celery and cook until tender.  Add the garlic and cook briefly.  Remove the pan from the heat and let cool.


When the lentils are cooked, drain and place in a salad bowl.  Add the cooled vegetables and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper and dress the salad while the lentils are still warm.  Top with the feta cheese if desired and serve immediately.  (If making ahead, add the chopped mint and feta just before serving.)



(Makes 1 ½ cups)



¼ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup chopped fresh mint


¼ cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

½ cup tightly packed chopped fresh mint

1 teaspoon honey

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 ¼ cups mild, fruity olive oil


To make the infusion, combine the lemon juice and chopped mint in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.  Let steep for 10 minutes.  Strain into a bowl, pressing the leaves against the strainer to extract all of the liquid.  There will be about ¼ cup.  It will not be green because of the lemon juice.


To make the dressing, whisk in the remaining ingredients.  If making the dressing ahead, chop and add the mint before serving.


I'd say the full recipe serves 5 to 6.  I halved the recipe for the two of us and have a container of leftovers.  I made some alterations:


I used a fat clove of garlic, at least 1 teaspoon, for half the amount of lentils.


I drained the lentils when they were almost tender, put them into the skillet with the almost tender veggies, added some chicken stock and simmered until the lentils were tender, but still firm.  I added some chopped parsley at that point, took it off the heat, added the vinaigrette, folded in chopped mint and served the salad warm.


I cheated with the vinaigrette.  I had garlic/lemon/red wine vinegar/Dijon mustard vinaigrette in the fridge, so I added the infusion to that a little at a time until it tasted right and added that in 2 or 3 additions, maybe 1/3 cup in all, to the lentils (I find that Goldstein uses more oil and vinaigrette in her recipes than we like).  The infusion is nice, but I'm sure the salad would be delicious with a simple vinaigrette and chopped mint.


I confess I didn't measure the amount of mint, but I'm sure it was less than the recipe calls for.  I could have used more.


I did not use the feta, but would if I were serving this with something other than fish.  Goat cheese would be good, too. 


shipscook's picture

(post #63003, reply #5 of 11)

that looks like it needs to be made tomorrow!!! I will make it first with the lentils listed, but am thinking it would be so pretty with red lentils, especially with a white fish?

thanks so much,


Marcia's picture

(post #63003, reply #6 of 11)

Are you aware that red lentils cook to a mush in very little time?. I'm not even sure if one can make a salad with them but others may know. They're used mostly in soups and souplike recipes.

Please don't might be possible.

Edited 3/28/2009 6:32 pm ET by Marcia

shipscook's picture

(post #63003, reply #7 of 11)

no problem, yes I found that out in a soup the first time I used them.

I have made a salad and it was so pretty, but did have to watch them like a hawk and blanch right away.



Marcia's picture

(post #63003, reply #9 of 11) long as you know. ;-)

Lee's picture

(post #63003, reply #10 of 11)

I've seen recipes for red lentil salads.  You cook the lentils for about 5 minutes!  I recently bought some petite crimson lentils.  I haven't used them before and haven't decided what to do with them yet, but dahl is a good bet.  It's snowing to beat the band (truly disgusting); Indian food sounds really good for tonight.  

Marcia's picture

(post #63003, reply #11 of 11)

I can well believe the five minutes cooking for a salad. Frankly, I'd have never thought of red lentils for salad but I do love Indian dahls.

It's in the fifties here today and is supposed to be raining, but it looks sunny to me. Likely I'm imagining the sun. LOL

No matter the weather, we're having leftover roast pork tenderloin. I haven't decided on sides, except for Butterscotch's excellent peanut cole slaw. I have a beautiful pineapple for dessert and do hope it's good -- it smells wonderful. Perhaps I'll drizzle it with a little framboise, since it isn't likely to be pristine.

FL.Cook's picture

(post #63003, reply #8 of 11)

Thanks so much!!  Maybe tonight for dinner!!  Going to an Open House this afternoon, depends on how much they feed us!!!!