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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Green Lentil Salad

When I came to US, I knew very few things about Italian Cuisine. Italian food meant Pasta and Pizza only but thanks to Food Network and Giada De Laurentiis for introducing me to this cuisine. I think I am very fortunate to meet her personally :))

I was addicted to her 'Everyday Italian.' I tried her many recipes, pasta, soups, desserts, and salads. This is one of my favorite salad recipe.

This salad is absolutely, incredibly delicious, the way she made it so I didn't change anything. It is very fresh, light, and filling. Toasted Hazelnuts are highlights of the salad. They give them amazing crunch and flavor. Taste this and fall in love with it with first crunchy bite.


-- For Salad

  • 1 pound Green Lentils, boiled in salted water, drained and cool
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup Seedless Green Grapes, halved
  • 1 cup Seedless Red Grapes, halved
  • 1 English Cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup Skinned Hazelnuts, coarsely chopped and toasted
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

-- For Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/3 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • Salt to taste


1. Mix lentils and remaining salad ingredients in a large salad bowl.

2. In another bowl pour lemon juice, honey, salt, and extra virgin olive oil. Whisk it for 2 minutes.

3. Add black pepper, basil, oregano, and whisk again.

4. Pour vinaigrette over the salad, toss, and serve.



aipi said...

I am a big Giada fan too..her recipe rocks!
Lentil salad looks delish..filling n wholesome :)

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Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! A healthy plate of salad. Lovely pictures.

Priya said...

Absolutely nutritious and healthy salad, lovely..

Sensible Vegetarian said...

This looks so good and very delicious too.

Padma said...

Healthy and colorful salad.

Swathi said...

green lentil salad looks delicious.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

First time here,happy to following ur recipes...
Healthy Salad...Keep Rocking!


Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Looks superb and delish.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

droooooooling and mouthwatering salad with lentils..amazing pics...yummmm

Rachu said...

You met Giada personally?wow.. am a big fan of hers...and salad is so refreshing and nutricious..

Jay said...

its my fav too...lovely presentation dear ..:D
Tasty appetite

Gopi Shah said...

This salad bowl surely looks like one healthy and heaty meal!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

First time here,colorful n a healthy salad..happy to follow u..


Prathibha said...

Thats a very healthy salad..looks delicious..


Sounds nice and new to me!

Gulmohar said...

Healthy and yumm..looks wonderful

Soma said...

I love the addition of fruits with the lentils. Something I would love for my lunch.

Panchpakwan said...

Looks so healhty and delicious.
surely bookmarked to try it soon!!

sangeeta said...

Lovely healthy salad...
Liked your blog too.

Rumana Rawat said...

Hello Dear,
Wow!!! this a very healthy salad.
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Torviewtoronto said...

delicious healthy combination for a salad

webdework said...

That sounds great! New flavor of salad for me. So yummy... never had this !!! will try sometime !!
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Sushma Mallya said...

Thts so healthy and filling :)