Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad? More like Lentil Mush. More like, I got some sleep last night and feel refreshed and great. I've been researching some stuff for school all day and recently took a break to make the dinner that I will be eating in a few hours. I'm thinking that I need to produce a deliverable for my group and then I might want to hit the road for an hour on my bike. Sounds like a good plan to me!

This recipe is from <> and is apparently one belonging to Alice Waters. I really like Alice Waters. I actually cooked with her once- I mean, not really, but I was working at our college's school farm one summer that she helped set up. She came for her daughter's graduation and wanted a meal at the farm that I helped with in the sense that I grew the food and did some prep work. Still, it's pretty cool when you think about it. If I'm not mistaken, Eric Schlosser was there, too, and it's not like this was a terribly large event- maybe 20 people including the farm employees? Maybe I'm misremembering. In case you don't know, Alice Waters is a famous chef out in Berkley and started the Slow Food Movement in the US. She's kind of a big deal and I can only dream of having a fraction of her skills.

Lentil Salad

1 heaping cup dry French Green Lentils
1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1/3 c. diced Scallions
3 inches of thinly sliced and diced Cucumber
1 heaping tbsp chopped Parsley
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Rinse the Lentils and then bring them to boil with a substantial amount of Water.* Let simmer until soft (roughly 30 minutes). Drain and mix in Vinegar, Olive Oil, Scallions, Parsley, and Cucumber. Salt and Pepper to taste. It tastes really fresh and delicious warm, but I chilled it for maximum saladness.

Holy crap this tastes really really good. It's so simple and earthy and clean. You just feel healthier and happier eating it. Make it. Make it now!

*Alice's recipe calls for 3 inches of Water above the top of the Lentils. I feel like this is unnecessarily high, but I'll have to experiment to know for sure.

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