Easy Lentil Salad

I never knew lentils could be so tasty and versatile and right now I am especially enamored with the beautiful French Lentil.

French Lentils

Now that I am more familiar with this ingredient, I find myself using the French Lentil variety often.  Its texture is firm and its flavor is both verdant and earthy.  I have been incorporating the French Lentil into soups, salads, stews, and I even use it when I make my vegetable stock.

This simple recipe, inspired by the flavors of tabouli, showcases the French Lentil.  It is an easy summer dish that is picnic friendly (no mayo!), plant based / vegan, and gluten-free too!

I enjoy this dish for lunch and it works well as a side dish too.


by: Jenn Surowitz @FoodByJenn / http://www.foodbyjenn.com

Cook 1 cup dried French Lentils in a large pot of boiling water for about 45 minutes (or until tender or to your desired tenderness). Drain and let the lentils either come to room temperature or chill.  You can use cooking time or chilling time to prep the other ingredients listed below.

3 Very thin slices of red onion, minced (approximately 1-2 Tablespoons)

1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely minced (or pressed in a garlic press or grated on a microplaneContinue reading

Burns Supper – Let Us Toast The Bard!!


Happy Birthday Bobby Burns!!!

It is time to raise a glass of whisky to…

…the Great Scot, Robert Burns, poet 1759-1796!

I have come to love this supper tradition celebrating the man who gave us Auld Lang Syne, Red Red Rose and many others.

More than ten years ago, I was in England on January 25, and took part in a walking tour/pub crawl in honor of The Bard. Though, to my knowledge, Burns never lived in London, it was a fun night enjoying the city, playing tourist, listening to our guide recite Burns’ poetry, sampling single malts and eating haggis. The tour concluded in the historic Lamb & Flag which to this day boasts a lovely collection of Whisky.

My 2013 Burns Supper menu tonight features:

  • Scotch Broth
  • Haggis
  • Mashed Tatties (potatoes)
  • Whisky Cake
  • And of course a wee dram or two of single malt (to be determined)!!!

You can read about my Burns Supper 2012 here.

You can read more about Burns and hear samples of his poetry here.

A toast to Burns…

…and of course to You and Yours!!!