The Crazy Suburban Mom: Mrs. Dash's Lentil Salad plus a doozy!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Mrs. Dash's Lentil Salad plus a doozy!

I've posted several recipes using Mrs. Dash recently (Here and oh! An especially delicious one here).  Lentils are the culinary bomb.  I know some people hear - Lentils - and think of a dried out hippy-dippy loaf (Stop That!) but lentils have been sustaining people for thousands of years and they can sustain you through that  five o'clock and I don't have anything for dinner time thing...



Lentils are quick cooking, cheap and I'm not kidding about the delicious part - The recipe I'm posting I serve at parties.  Last time I had one I didn't make it and three people asked, Hey! Where's that lentil thing?

Mrs. Dash's Lentil Salad is served at room temperature.   It's easy and you can use your favorite vinaigrette (I'll post a recipe at the end if you don't have a favorite vinaigrette). 

In a saucepan put:

1 cup brown/green lentils
4 cups water
2 (I use fresh) bay leaves
1 whole small onion halved
1/2 - 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Italian Medley to taste (I like this one with lentils but there are a lot of ways to flavor your legumes here....


Bring to a boil and then turn down to medium.  Cook until lentils are just tender which will depend on your lentils.  Most will cook in about 17 to 18 minutes but check or you will end up will goo which is really unappealing.  The difference between cooked lentils and goo is about 45 seconds.

Drain in a colander, remove onion, and bay.  Put warm lentils in a bowl and toss with your favorite vinaigrette.

Leave to cool and dice up  whatever veggies are threatening to go bad first in the vegetable drawer.  My personal favorites are scallions or shallots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, finely diced carrots and fennel. Add them to the cooling lentils.   I don't find amounts all that important, you can add a lot of veggies or not at this point.   It's really up to you.

Optional - 1/4 cup Toasted nuts.  This time I used 14 Pistachios  because that's all I had in the cupboard  but this is delicious with about quarter cup of toasted walnuts.


Serious yummage.

Last time I made this for dinner I put a little yogurt on top.  It got me thinking and...


I had to tell you about my imagination.

That is (thawed frozen) Strawberries with Greek Yogurt topped with Raw Sugar and.....

a sprinkling of Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper

The lemon picks up the fresh, tangy notes in the yogurt and the pepper compliments the sweetness of the sugar and strawberries.  I used the Raw sugar because of it's gritty texture which was perfect with the crunchy  Mrs. Dash. 

That was a delicious surprise.  If you don't believe me try Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper and yogurt on a savory dish first because the combination is a natural and see if you can imagine it sweet. 

If you can G'wan!  ....It's delicious, different, and a doozy of a dessert.  

Easy Vinaigrette

2 Tablespoons Champagne vinegar
6 Tablespoons Olive oil
A little less than a Tablespoon of Dijon  (didn't want to dirty another spoon.)
Pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Italian Medley

Whisk all together to emulsify.

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MrsDash and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.” 


Carole Anne Carr 4/8/11, 10:08 AM  

It all looks so delicious, and wonderful thing about this healthy food, you don't feel hungry again for a long time, very satisfying.

Gabriele Agustini 4/8/11, 10:29 AM  

Ohhh! I love lentils!! I used to eat lentil soup all the time! Now that I'm a raw-foodist, the only lentils that touch my lips are sprouted. Trust me... not the same.
Love your blog!!

Thank you for the incredibly sweet comment you left on my blog!! Much appreciated!!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 4/8/11, 10:37 AM  

Carole Anne - That's really true and lentils ARE really filling. And very low in fat so double good.

Gabriele - Sprouted lentils are pretty darned good but yeah, not the same :) That was really exciting - had to comment :)

Six Feet Under Blog 4/8/11, 6:38 PM  

Wow,I need to try that dessert!

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Babes Mami 4/8/11, 7:13 PM  

I have never ever eaten a lentil in my life. Can you believe it?

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