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lentil salad with spring veggies and mint

Lentil Salad with Spring Veggies, Mint and Yogurt Sauce

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4
  • Category: Salad, Vegan, Legumes, Gluten-free
  • Method: Tossed
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

A delicious, healthy, Greek inspired lentil salad recipe with spring veggies, lemon and mint served over optional yogurt sauce.  Vegan adaptable and Gluten-Free


Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked lentils (Black Caviar or French Green are nice- not not use split lentils) about ¾ cup dry.
  • 3 cups spring veggies- your choice of snap peas, english peas, snow peas, green beans, asparagus, radishes or chard
  • 3 tablespoons red onion- chopped fine, or sub green onion
  • 12 garlic cloves, finely minced- use a garlic press
  • ¼ cup chopped mint leaves (2 ounces) or sub dill or italian parsley, but mint is nice. 😉
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 teaspoon sumac -optional but yummy!
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain thick greek yogurt ( or sub vegan yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill (or mint)
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon sumac (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Instructions

Cook the lentils in salted water until tender, but not falling apart.  Lightly steam, grill or blanch the veggies. If adding radishes, you can keep those raw and crunchy- (or feel free to grill them). If using chard, finely chop and wilt in a pan with a little olive oil, shallot or garlic, and salt and pepper.

Place the lentils, veggies, onion, garlic and mint in a bowl. Toss with the olive oil, lemon zest and juice form ½ a lemon. Season generously with salt, pepper and optional sumac. Adjust lemon, adding more if you like. If it’s bland, it most likely needs salt.

Make the optional Yogurt Sauce to lather on the bottle of the plate or platter.

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl

Smear the yogurt sauce on a platter (or individual bowls or plates) then top with lentil salad. Dive in.


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