Double Lentil Salad

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Author Notes: This is an attempt to be both tasty and super healthy.... and also colourful and springlike. Its a really simply salad intended to be a workaday lunch, in part inspired by Ethiopian wat-- I've used some of those gorgeous globular bright orange lentils and added some berbere spice mixture. You can see in the picture that I served it on injera-- the slightly sour Ethiopian crepe-like bread-- but this salad is also great on a bed of green leaves, or next to a fried egg. Enjoy! nogaga

Serves 4

  • 1 cup gorgeous globular bright orange lentils (more formally called "football lentils")
  • 1 cup Puy lentils
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh if you've got
  • 1/2 bunch garlic ramps
  • 2 carrots, well scrubbed
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 teaspoons berbere spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  1. In two separate pots, cook the two types of lentils separately, each with a bay leaf, each till they are fully cooked but not more.
  2. While they are cooking, prepare vinaigrette in a large enough bowl: whisk and emulsify the olive oil, wine vinegar and berbere spice. Allow to mellow and meld.
  3. Chop the garlic ramps and white onion into medium sized pieces, and mix into the vinaigrette. Scrub and chop the carrots into similarly sized pieces, place in a snall bowl and cover with boiling water.
  4. When the lentils are cooked and while they are still steaming, add them and the slightly softened carrots to the vinaigrette and mix till all the ingredients are well acquainted ;) Add salt and pepper as desired. This salad is best served warm or room temperature. Bon Apetit!
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Port2

over 2 years ago nogaga

Hi Paige L,

Thanks for asking this question.

This is a very flexible recipe. You could replace the garlic scapes with scallions and the berbere spice mix with some hot paprika, cumin and a dash of allspice.

I hope you enjoy it!

Pj_zeitgeist

over 2 years ago Paige L.

From the picture, I wanted to give this one a shot. But at least two of the ingredients are foreign concepts: garlic ramps and berbere spice mix. Are their substitutes for those two that one could easily find?

Port2

over 2 years ago nogaga

Hi Paige L!

Thankks for your question. This is a very flexible recipe. You could replace teh scapes with scallions and the spice mix with hot parika, cumin and a pinch of allspice and I think it would be just as good.

I hope you enjoy it!