Exotic Green Lentil with Roasted Vegetable Salad

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I came home to a very pleasant surprise from Foodbuzz and Crisco. Three bottles of olive oil were delivered to my doorstep. As a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I received Crisco Pure Olive Oil, Crisco Light Olive Oil, and Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Green Lentil Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Fresh Mozzarella

I used Crisco EVOO to make a warm green lentil salad with roasted vegetables and fresh mozzarella.

Green Lentil Salad
From LA Times Test Kitchen
Serves 4
Ingredients

  • 1 cup of French green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped roasted carrots*
  • 2 chopped roasted shallots*
  • 3 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp of fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1.5 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/8 cup of packed sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3oz fresh mozzarella, chopped

Recipe

  1. Place lentils, bay leaf, garlic, 4 cups of water, and 1/2 tsp of salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Drain lentils well and discard water, bay leaf, and garlic. Transfer hot lentils to a large bowl. Add roasted chopped carrots and shallots.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, mustard, 1/8 tsp of salt and a pinch of pepper. Transfer dressing to the bowl of lentils and toss gently.
  3. Add parsley, tomatoes, and mozzarella and toss again, gently, just to combine. Serve warm.

*Roast peeled carrots (cut into chunks) and peeled shallots in preheated 375F oven for 30 minutes until golden brown. Chop roasted vegetables.

Crisco Olive Oil
~ Crisco EVOO – bold and fruity flavor, presents a rich olive flavor in dishes. Ideal for salad dressings, marinades, and dips.
~ Crisco Pure Olive Oil – mild and smooth flavor, adds a hint of fruity olive flavor to meals. Ideal for sauteing meats and vegetables.
~ Crisco Light Olive Oil – extra mild in flavor, perfect for everyday cooking. Ideal for baking and all-purpose cooking oil.

Crisco Olive Oil (100% extra-virgin, pure, and light)

Thanks to Foodbuzz and Crisco!

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13 comments for “Exotic Green Lentil with Roasted Vegetable Salad

  1. Reem | Simply Reem
    August 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Th dish looks really good and beautiful!!!
    Crisco range of olive oil, this is new to me. Looks Interesting.

  2. Lazaro Cooks
    August 31, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Beautiful salad. Love all the ingredients. Especially the citrus punch and the fresh mozzarella.

    Bravo!

  3. kankana
    August 31, 2011 at 2:52 am

    That would nice right now as it's getting so damn warm out here. The dish looks lovely.

  4. Junia
    August 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    green lentil salad looks delicious! i love the idea of adding orange juice to it 😀 beautiful picture!

  5. Magic of Spice
    August 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Wonderful lentil salad, love the light addition of citrus…lovely!

  6. Peggy
    August 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    What a great way to incorporate your olive oils! This salad sounds simple and refreshing =)

  7. Trix
    September 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I cannot think of a better use for your olive oil. So comforting!

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    September 2, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Lentils are new ingredients to me. I've had lentil soup but not salad. It's very simple and delicious salad that I should give it a try. Nice way to use the olive oil. Hmm sun dried tomatoes are in it too? Nice!

  9. Faith
    September 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    This looks fantastic! Roasted carrots and shallots are a lovely addition, I bet they pair so nicely with the lentils' earthiness!

  10. John
    September 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Nice surprise delivery! I don't have much experience with lentils, but this looks refreshingly hearty and flavorful.

  11. Lizzy
    September 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I always love lentils when someone else shares a tasty dish, but I've only made lentil soup. Your salad is so lovely and enticing…I will put lentils on my shopping list~

  12. 5 Star Foodie
    September 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    An excellent salad, I would love to find French green lentils to try.

  13. Roxana GreenGirl
    September 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    i recently found a bag of French green lentils, to my surprise here in Romania i couldn't find red lentils which are widely available in the States.
    Your salad sounds delicious, love the lemony touch!

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