Italian Lentil Salad

Nutty Puy lentils work perfectly with soft, sweet grapes in this unusual salad.

  • Preparation Time8 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the Salad

450g green lentils such as puy
2 spring onions, chopped
20 seedless green grapes, halved
20 seedless red grapes, halved
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 red pepper, seeded and diced

For the Vinaigrette

75ml fresh lemon juice (from 1 to 2 lemons)
75ml extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
In a large pan of boiling, salted water cook the lentils until tender, stirring occasionally, about 18 to 20 minutes. Drain and let cool for 5 minutes.

Transfer the cooked lentils a serving bowl and add the spring onions, grapes, cucumber and red pepper.

To make the Vinaigrette: Place the lemon juice in a small bowl and slowly add the oil, whisking constantly, until combined. Season with the salt and pepper, to taste Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss well. Serve at once.

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