Warm Lentil Salad with Verjuice and Peapod Shoots (4.13.12)

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by Brandon Howard, La Caille / Common Wealth


  • 3/4 cup green lentils (4.75 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise and separated into rings
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 bunch Fresh Mint
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Verjuice ( non-alcoholic cooking wine)
  • 3 ounces fresh peapod shoots (about 2 cups) or Spinach
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add lentils, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add carrot, and celery.  Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes more. Stir in parsley, Verjuice, chopped mint, and remaining tablespoon oil. Transfer to a large bowl.

Drain lentils, and add to bowl with vegetables. Serve over pea shoots or spinach, and season with salt and black pepper.   Drizzle a little Verjuice over the salad.

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