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Spinach, Lentil & Radish Salad

Posted on April 30th, 2014 by Dan

Yes, we’re all ready for spring after this long winter and it’s starting to make itself evident in Maryland. What we’re most looking forward to is gardening- we’ve started veggie & perennial¬†seeds, we’ve been weeding like crazy, and ordering a bunch of shade loving plants for a big section of our backyard.

Another reason to get excited is the availability of cold weather produce. Radishes, lettuce, kale, spinach and more. I never really use radish, but couldn’t resist a bunch of them being so fresh along with a big bag of spinach.

Spinach, Lentil & Radish Salad by the Brellis House

Since most of our meals aren’t finished until well past sunset (and photographing food under light bulbs is less than ideal), I didn’t get a picture of the final dish. However, it was tasty enough that we plan on making it again and again. We ended up serving it warm by adding the spinach and radish to the warm lentils which resulted in slightly wilted spinach. I can easily see, though, serving it as a cold salad for lunch with warm pita bread or the like.

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 cup of onion (about 1/2 large onion), diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup of dried green or brown lentils
  • 1.5 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5-7 radish bulbs, sliced thinly
  • 1 bunch of fresh spinach leaves (about 3 handfuls)
  • 1/2 cup dried quinoa
  • 4 oz chicken style seitan (optional)
  • salt & pepper

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Methods

  1. Cook the mirepoix in some olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot (dutch oven) with some salt over low heat until the veggies and soft and onions translucent. Add in the garlic and cook on high for a few minutes until any residual moisture is evaporated.
  2. Deglaze with the wine, then pour in the lentils, bay leaf, water/broth and thyme. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat to low and cook, uncovered, until the lentils are soft. As the lentils cook, stir occasionally and add more water to ensure the lentils are mostly submerged.
  3. While the lentils cook, make the quinoa according to package directions and make the vinaigrette by whisking together all the dressing ingredients in a jar.
  4. When the lentils are soft, turn the heat back up to high and cook off any remaining water and then kill the heat.
  5. If you plan to eat this as a cold salad, cool the quinoa and lentil mixture.
  6. Stir in the quinoa, radishes and spinach leaves. If you are using the seitan, saute it seperately in a fry pan and then add it into the lentil mixture.
  7. Drizzle on the dressing and stir to combine before serving. Season with additional salt and pepper.

Summer Grilling

Posted on August 15th, 2011 by Dan

As a follow-up to the cliff hanger I left a few days ago, I have grilling stories to share. If you don’t know what I mean, we received our first ever grill last week and we’ve been antsy to use it.

Dan and Cosmo at the Grill

 

So, last Friday we fired it up. In¬†preparation, I bought some local corn from the farmer’s market and we harvested a few tomatoes from our garden. I figured there was no better way to celebrate summer grilling than corn on the cob and burgers. Black bean burgers to be exact. I used the recipe from Chex Cayanne.

Southwestern Black Bean Burger

Southwestern Black Bean Burger (close up)

We mixed them together quickly and topped them with fresh tomatoes, guacamole and some red onions. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to bake buns, but I’ll make sure to for next time. They were very tasty and held up perfectly on the grill.

Just have to love summer sometimes.