Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lentils and flowers combo

Another salad with lentils (you can find one here too). The beauty of using flowers is that you can add colour to brown lentil salads, and all other salads. Even just washing the salad leaves and other vegetables from the garden gives me more joy if I can add some petals!

500 g brown lentils

1 leaf bay
water and salt for boiling
extra virgin olive oil

white balsamic vinegar

salt to taste
mixed salad leaves
sliced radishes
tomatoes (cherry or cubed)
fresh herbs (like basil, parsley)
edible flowers

Soak the lentil overnight, then rinse well, add plenty of water, a bay leaf and a pinch of salt. Cook until 'al dente', or as soft as you like (but not mushy). Drain and briefly rinse under cold water. Place in a mixing bowl with the radishes and tomatoes, add extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar (to taste, but make sure that the ratio oil to vinegar is 2 to1), and some salt to taste. Line a serving plate or large shallow bowl with mixed salad leaves (leave a few small ones for the top), spoon the lentils on top, then sprinkle with the remaining salad leaves, herbs and petals (I used verbena, dianthus, and cornflowers).

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


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