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I made this recipe for the first time during a recent Mom’s/Ladies Wine Evening at my place.  Our wine theme for this event was California and so I went with a healthy, bite sized salad.  I’ve been to California many times and it is many things to me (special memories) so I also decided to make some Pico De Gallo & Guacamole to represent all the incredible Mexican food I’ve tasted in Southern California. 

The ladies loved this Lentil Salad and so I’m sharing the recipe.

Note I served this salad in shot glasses. Quite often I serve mini salad or pureed soups in shot glasses when having people over for dinner.  It’s simple and it’s Fun.

Adapted from Canadian Living

Feta & Lentil Salad

1/4 cup slivered, toasted almonds
1 cup dried green lentils
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp (or more) fresh oregano, finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste (1/4 tsp each)
1 cup cucumber, diced
1/2 cup roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Toast your almonds in a pan over medium heat watching and stirring often until they start to brown. Set aside to cool.

Bring large pot of water to a boil.  Add whole garlic cloves and lentils.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Remove garlic cloves and continue to allow lentils to drain in colander.

Whisk together oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.  Add lentils, feta, cucumber, onion, parsley and tomatoes stirring to combine.  When ready to serve sprinkle with toasted almonds.

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So impressed was I that hubby really enjoyed this salad. So much so he took it for lunch today.  Now if only I could get the kidlets to enjoy quinoa since it is a complete protein and good for you.   Here’s hoping one day!

This is a quick-lunch, side dish or even meal for one. Add some roasted/grilled chicken  if you wish or it as is. Yum.

Quinoa, Cucumber & Mint Salad

1 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup cucumber, quartered and sliced
3-4 green onions, sliced
1/3 cup packed fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
salt & pepper to taste

Add water, quinoa and salt to pot, bring to a boil. Reduce, cover and simmer until water has been absorbed and quinoa tender (about 12-15 minutes). Scoop into a bowl and set aside to cool.

In a cup, or small bowl whisk together vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Pour it on quinoa and add cucumber, green onions, parsley & mint.  Mix well.  Adjust seasonings as needed.  Pairs nicely with grilled meat.

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A new cooking show came on the scene last Fall (2011) called The Chew. It is a daytime talk show that focuses on food/cooking and general lifestyle topics. The hosts are Iron Chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz (Dr. Oz’s daughter). These 5 have a great onscreen connection.  And I love this show…it gets Tivo/PVR’d daily.  Even hubby enjoys sitting down and watching the show with me because of the personalities of the hosts and how dang funny Carla & Clinton are!

This carrot salad recipe has been adapted from a recipe Michael Symon shared on The Chew. Chef Symon adds peanuts in his salad. I didn’t the first time I made it and I enjoyed it muchly.  Although the next time I make it I will try sliced almonds (healthier) instead.

 

Carrot & Mint Salad

3 or 4 medium sized carrots
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 – 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves
5 green onions (scallions), sliced
1/2 cup olive oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
salt & pepper

You can either use a mandoline or food processor to slice your carrots as they should be uber thin.  Place sliced carrots in a bowl.

Pour your cumin seeds in a pan, place on stove and turn heat to medium high. Shake the pan a few times and watch closely as they will toast quickly. Once toasted take off heat and seat aside to cool slightly.

Tear your mint and toss it into the bowl with the carrots. Add the sliced green onions. And finally throw in your toasted cumin seeds. If you are adding nuts do it now.

Whisk together your olive oil and vinegar and add to vegetables in bowl. Season with salt & pepper and mix well to combine all flavours.

Serve with grilled meat or fish.

*My food photos aren’t the best at the moment – a work in progress!

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