Friday, June 1, 2012

French Fridays with Dorie ~ Lentil, Lemon, and Tuna Salad

Lentil, Lemon, and Tuna Salad
I don’t know if it’s because I’m mediterranean and it’s in my genes, or maybe just because! I have almost always loved lentils!  When I was growing up, my grandmother made a lentil dish called Imjadara (Lentils and rice) every friday. Catholics remember those meatless fridays of years gone by.  When I was very young I really was not a fan. But as I grew older so did my taste buds. This dish (which I considered a disgusting bowl of mush as a small child) became a favorite! While I was pregnant, it was the comfort food I craved along with yogurt!  So, I was very happy to see our pick for the week was Lentil, Lemon, and Tuna Salad. I purchased some French lentils at Whole Foods, while visiting my son in Georgia, and saved them for one of my Dorie recipes.
I made this dish in two parts. The first day, I cooked the lentils as Dorie suggests.  Cooking them in chicken broth, along with cut up carrot, celery, a mashed clove of garlic and a whole onion with a clove inserted into it.  I then drained and refrigerated it. Once the lentils were cooked, putting the salad together was quite easy.  I removed all the veggies from the lentils and, added lemon zest and a squirt of lemon juice, to make up for the preserved lemons, which I did not have. I then added the scallions, and made my dressing- grainy mustard, black olive tapenade (bought), red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Add the can of tuna and Voilà!!  A delicious lunch! I truly enjoyed this dish and have plenty for another lovely lunch today! This is one dish that I didn’t even offer to my husband. He considers lentils as I did when I was a small child! I guess his taste buds haven’t aged!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook ‘Around My French Table’.
To see what other Doristas are doing check it out here!



Starting the lentils
Lentils cooking…almost done
Adding scallions and lemon zest
Mixing in the tuna
My very delicious lunch!

25 comments:

  1. There is nothing in this salad I don't love. Great job!

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  2. The Lentil salad looks wonderful:) I agree, lentils are delicious. I will be making this dish in the near future :-) Have a great weekend!

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  3. Lentils are such an amazing little thing, aren't they? I like the scoop of salad on top of the lettuce.

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  4. WOW, I bet yours tasted GREAT! I was thinking of cooking the lentils with broth, carrots and celery but it didnt seem to be worth that much effort since it really didnt appeal to me in the first place. Great job! Love all the green!

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  5. I love this dish and like your substitution for the preserved lemons - just makes it a wee bit cheaper and accessible. I have done this before and you are reminding me that it's time to revisit this.

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  6. I love lentils too. I make them so often in the summer. Nigella has some great lentil salad recipes as well so this one will be a nice addition to my repertoire.

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  7. Lentils is one of my favourite food too. Yup, definitely comfort food. So glad you enjoyed the dish and found a great use of the lentils all the way from Georgia! I hope you'll give it a try next time to toss the lentils with vinaigrette while they're still warm. This is the one tip that totally changed my lentils from good to wow. Highly, highly recommended!

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  8. Kathy, it is so nice to read that you enjoy eating lentils - all my children really like lentil soup and they just loved this salad and the extra tapenade...makes me happy to see them eat those things. Your salad looks so appetizing and fresh, absolutely wonderful presentation!

    Thank you again for nominating me for the award!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. I have a feeling that the preserved lemon didn't really add much to this salad. I think I'll follow your lead and just use fresh bits and squirts of the juice next time.

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  10. Your salad looks great Kathy! Until recently, I feared the lentil, but now I rather enjoy them.

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  11. Your salad looks lovely and "yes" I remember no meat on Fridays! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I´m a fan of lentils too, but not of tuna! I agree about the preserved lemons. The mustard and lemon juice should give it a good spiciness. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Thanks for stopping by Kathy and the welcome. This was fun and I am excited to do another although the next one is ice cream and I don't have an ice cream maker. Your salad looks delicious and I love the photos. Lentils are a favorite of mine too and this was a great recipe with the tapenade and lemons.

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  14. I've always enjoyed lentils, but these made me swoon! Glad they were a hit with you, too!

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  15. Very nicely done. As a child I could not eat lentils or pea soup, etc. They gagged me. I have one of those trauma memories from when I was about 7 or 8 when my parents told me I could not leave the table until I'd eaten my lentils. I told them I'd throw up if they made me eat them, and I did...all over the kitchen table. They never made me eat them again. I do, however, really enjoy them now. You are right, my taste buds matured or changed. I thought about my childhood experience when I bribed my grandkiddies to eat this dish, however, they did quite well....one even asked for more. Enjoyed your post and your process photos are great.

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  16. I love how your lentils look on the bed of greens.

    When I was growing up, we only had to avoid meat on Good Friday. It seemed like more of a sacrifice back then, didn't it? Now, with everyone eating more vegetarian meals and more fish in general, my nieces and nephews barely notice.

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  17. Kathy, You and I pretty much went down the same road on this one although I shared (sorta wish I hadn't). Having grown up in tiny Iowa farm communty, I only met lentils as an adult. The only member of the legume family I was familiar with was soy beans. You haven't lived until you've "walked beans" and "detassled corn" every Summer. I also bought my Lentils du Puy at Whole Foods which, fortunately, I have nearby - in Henderson as well as Aspen. If you cannot get to Georgia to buy them, I'll put some in the mail to you. This was a tasty treat. Much more flavor than I suspected would be possible.

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  18. Well Kathy, I love lentils but am not overly fond of tuna. I know, weird of me. I often have a lentil salad and even make burgers with lentils.
    Your pineapple flan for game changers looks delicious! I'm kind of sad it's over, but we need a break for the summer. It's been wonderful getting to know you and I'll keep visiting!

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  19. I do like the mix here. Even though lentils are not regular fare here, I think that this salad would be a tasty change of pace. Your plating here is enticing, wish I had some for lunch. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

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  20. Kathy, I just love the combination lentil and tuna salad. I would even wrap it up in the lettuce and eat it like a lettuce wrap. So delicious, and nutritious!

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  21. What a great salad - so healthy, delicious and SO good for you - thanks for the inspiration!
    Mary x

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  22. I love that you craved lentils while you were pregnant! Such a tasty legume. What a great dish!

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  23. This sounds like the perfect summer salad. I love lentils!

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  24. Lentils are one of my favorite foods, especially the little French ones. I love how you've plated your salad.

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  25. Your lentil salad is so pretty on the bed of lettuce. I really want to make this one as I love lentils. John isn't a big fan, but I am always looking for recipes that might turn him around on lentils. Perhaps this will be the one.

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