Sunday, March 30, 2014

Puy Lentil and Beetroot Salad

Lucia from Torta di Rose is hosting both the English and Italian editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I'm featuring locally grown Puy Lentils.

puy lentils© by Haalo

As I've yet to find Castelluccio lentils here in Australia, I just have to make do with this pretty alternative and with the final hurrah of warm weather, I've got salad on my mind.

This dish will work as a side or a meal on its own.

Puy Lentil and Beetroot Salad© by Haalo

Puy Lentil and Beetroot Salad
serves 4

1 cup puy lentils
1 garlic clove
1 bay leaf
4 beetroots
red salad onion, sliced
fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
Marinated Goat Feta (I used Meredith Dairy)
olive oil
pomegranate molasses
sea salt and white pepper, to taste

Cook the lentils:
Rinse the lentils and place them into a pot, add the garlic and bay leaf then cover generously with water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the lentils have softened. Drain immediately - discard the garlic and bay leaf.

Cook the beetroots:
You can boil, steam or roast the beetroots. Once cooked, peel and cut into an even dice - you don't want these pieces to be too big.

Assemble the salad:
Place the cooled lentils and beetroot into a bowl, along with the sliced salad onion and chopped mint and parsley. Taste and adjust the quantities of onion and herbs to suit. Crumble in a little feta and toss gently.

Whisk together olive oil and pomegranate molasses and drizzle over the salad - toss lightly and taste - adjusting for salt and pepper as desired.

Serve with extra feta tumbled over the top.


  1. Ciao Haalo!
    Thank you for your contribution! When do you come to Italy for buy Castelluccio lentil?
    the roundup is on line!

  2. Wow, amazing shades these lentils... I'll look for them! great recipe!

  3. Castelluccio lentils are always in my luggage when I come back from Italy. I will try your salad recipe with them. It looks beautiful!


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