Puy lentil salad with sun-dried tomatoes, feta and watercress pesto

Puy lentil salad with sun-dried tomatoes, feta and watercress pesto

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From
The Natural Cook
Serves
6
Photographer
Laura Edwards

A lovely, simple salad that keeps very well in the fridge, this makes a great lunch or buffet dish. Play around and add different grilled vegetables, whichever are your favourites or that need using up.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 quantity Puréed watercress pesto
100g puy lentils
150g courgettes, sliced lengthways 1 cm thick, a mixture of yellow and green if possible
3 spring onions
light olive oil
50g sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
10g flat-leaf parsley, stalks finely chopped, leaves roughly chopped
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
100g feta cheese, crumbled

Method

  1. Boil the lentils in plenty of water for 15–20 minutes. Remove from the heat when tender, with a little bite. Drain in a colander and cool under running water. Leave to dry in the colander.
  2. Toss the courgettes and spring onions in a little light olive oil and season with salt. Heat a griddle pan over a high heat and slightly char the courgettes and onions on both sides. Allow to cool, then cut the courgettes into 5 cm-long pieces and finely chop the onions.
  3. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and turn, evenly coating everything in the pesto.

Variation

  • Super-tasty veggie burgers: If you have any leftover salad, pulse blend it with a spoon of spelt flour a few times so that it becomes mushy but still has texture. Form the mixture into burgers, then fry slowly in light olive oil for five minutes on each side until a little crispy and hot right through. Serve wrapped in lettuce leaves instead of rolls, with chilli sauce if you wish.

Storage

  • The watercress pesto will keep in a jar in the fridge for a week; the salad for three days in a sealed container in the fridge. Return the salad to room temperature before serving.
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