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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lentil Beet Salad

There are lots of healthy foods that I love. Broccoli, oatmeal, fruit, spinach... but there are a few very healthy things I just don't like so I try to sneak them into my diet with snazzy recipes now and then.  

This one is from Clean Eating magazine which doesn't seem to have the recipe online.  It includes beets, which I love, and lentils which I barely tolerate. I decided to serve it with fish for a real challenge, although not the salmon mentioned in the recipe - I can bear to eat some preparations of white fish but I can't stand salmon. So I pan seared some cod fillets which were not bad. 

For the salad you need only a few ingredients: field greens, beets and lentils. For the dressing, raspberries, mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt & pepper.

I roasted some beets the other day and saved some for this salad, cutting over an hour from the prep for this recipe - as you can see from this non-terrific photo:

This is actually a huge bag of bean and lentil mix I got at Costco that is not bad at all.

While the lentils cooked, I combined the dressing ingredients in the blender and then strained the raspberry seeds to make this hot pink concoction.  

Field greens on the plate, topped with the cooked lentils and chopped beets, then drizzled with pink raspberry dressing.

This turned out delicious. I was worried about it being too tart or sour with all that vinegar and raspberries and no sugar, but it was just lovely. And very healthy!

Food lessons learned:

  • While peeling beets, don't let one slip out of your hands and skid across the counter unless you really like to clean
  • Lentils are delicious with raspberry vinaigrette.  Who knew?
Photography lessons learned:
  • I don't know if anyone can make cooked beets in foil look good on camera, but now we all know I can't
  • I'm having trouble with timing. I generally do things a la minute when cooking, but when I have to take pictures too I need to be more prepared ahead of time. Tonight the fish almost burned so I need to be more careful

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