Thursday, July 07, 2005

Margarita Red Lentil Salad

I just made that name up to sound fancy. I made this salad up last night. Actually it is kind of fancy. It was so delicious that my husband took the leftovers to work with him today. And I was kind of mad that he did!

I will freely admit that I borrowed this concept from a recipe in my Moosewood Daily Special cookbook. (An excellent cookbook, by the way.) But I think I have made it my own. Theirs used regular brown lentils, apples, herbs, and a dijon dressing. It was good, make no mistake. But mine is so much more ... summer. And summer it is. High of 96 today. Soak up the sun!

Margarita Red Lentil Salad

1.5 c short-grain brown rice, cooked
1 c red lentils, cooked until slightly firm (how about al dente for lentils? Can you do that?)
About 1.5 c firm summer fruit, diced (I used apricots and nectarines, but peaches or plums would also be lovely)
1 small red or yellow bell pepper, diced
2 green onions (scallions), white and green parts, sliced thin

juice and zest of one large lime
1/2 c olive oil
liberal salt and a little black pepper

Combine all salad ingredients. Whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour over and stir to combine.

Serve on a bed of mixed greens with some nice crusty bread.

Ah, summer!

This would probably serve 4-6 if they were not pigs about it. We were pigs about it, ourselves.


SalGal said...

Do your kids eat this? My kids would have a crap if I tried to pass it off on them. Don't get me wrong, it sounds FABULOUS, but Ben is surviving on PBJ these days.

Ana said...

Oh, hell no. If I only cooked what my kids would eat, I would be surviving on PB&J, or worse.

I make what I want to eat. They eat the bread, the pasta, or whatever other bland starch I have chosen to include in the meal to make sure they don't starve.

I did get Abe to try a bite of this stuff. So that's progress.

SalGal said...

I can't believe you said hell! You never curse!! Maybe we shouldn't get together tomorrow, it seems as though I have rubbed off on you too much. I can't take the burden of having corrupted you and Brian!

Ana said...

I curse a lot more easily in writing. It's part of my tough, Watch Out persona. LOL ...

Really it just shows you that while I almost never curse in real life, there is a lot more of it than you think going on in my head!!!

SalGal said...

Um, I think I'd be excommunicated if I cursed out loud as much as I do in my head. And I already curse out loud more than I should... I'm sure I should not be proud of that, but somehow... I really don't care. Tee-hee!