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Vegetable and Red Lentil Salad

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Happy Halloween!

And oh, look at these summer vegetables from the garden I’m showing you right now. How again does this even make sense on a holiday like today? Not a clue. Next I’ll be sunbathing on my roof, wearing jorts and a tie-dyed tube top while blasting “Good Vibrations” out of my turquoise boombox.

What do you think of that, MICHAEL MYERS?

….mmmm hmmmm….perpetrate……

Do you do anything for Halloween? Go out or stay in? Dress up or dress down? Give out candy or hoard every last piece? Watch the new Paranormal Activity or hide under your bed with a bible, a wooden cross and your priest on speed dial?

Whatever you do, be safe out there, or else an insane blonde girl with torn yoga pants and wine teeth might coming chasing after you HOOOHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH.

Yeah, that wasn’t scary, like at all, was it?

Vegetable and Red Lentil Salad: 

What it took for 2:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle at the end
* 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (leave seeds in for more heat)
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 cup green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
* 2 heirloom tomatoes, quartered
* juice of half a lime
* 3/4th cup red lentils
* 4 cups mixed field greens
* fresh parmesan shavings, for garnish
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat 2 Tbs. oil over medium heat in a medium skillet. Add the minced jalapeno and garlic; bloom 1 minute. Add the green beans and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute 3 minutes or until beans start to pop in color. Add the tomatoes and the lime juice. Cook until tomatoes start to wilt, 2 minutes.

Cook the lentils until soft, 10 minutes. Drain water and add to the sautéed vegetables. Toss to combine and season if needed.

Serve lentil/veggie mixture over a good handful of field greens. Spritz with more lime and drizzle with a little olive oil. Garnish with cheese and just. look. at. that.

Simple, healthy, and pretty dang good.

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15 Responses to Vegetable and Red Lentil Salad

  1. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I’m going to eat this right after a eat a bucket full of candy tonight. ;)

  2. kelley October 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Yes, the salad looks beautiful but can we please talk about that wine glass and where on earth did you get it? It’s amaze.

    • Bev Weidner October 31, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

      Thrift store! That’s pretty much where all my dishware and glasses come from. (I do wash them first. ;) )

  3. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Yum! This looks delicious!

  4. jenna October 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    ooo this looks really goood. i love red lentils and fresh veggies.

  5. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum October 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Such beautiful photos! I LOVE hearty salads like this! And nice work throwing a little jalapeno in there. I like it spicy!

  6. cassie//bake your day October 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I have some red lentils and I was just thinking about what I should do with them. This sounds delightful! :-)

  7. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    can I rob your kitchen props and bowls please? that blue bowl is gorgeous. just saw you tell a commenter above me that you’re a thrift store shopper..ME TOO. Let’s go shopping together!!!!

    • Bev Weidner October 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      Averie, I wish we could! Beam me up….Scotty? No, that’s not right.

  8. Lisa {With Style and Grace} October 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    You should start making your dishes for 4, my husband and I are moving in. He doesn’t know this yet, but you’re cool with it, right?

  9. Katie October 31, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    I just saw red (although, I think they’re more pink than red0 lentils on sale this week and I thought…”These are gorgeous. I need to do something with them” – and here you are with a red lentil recipe. Our souls have been chatting.

  10. Lauren November 1, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    Making this tomorrow….except with normal boring lentils.

  11. Reem | Simply Reem November 1, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Wonderful!!!!
    This is the kind of salad which make you feel ultra chic and healthy….
    Yumm…
    Beautiful pics..

  12. Winnie November 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Looks so healthy and delicious. And pretty…I love the cheese shavings on top ;)

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