Summer in London: Picnic’s part 2

Summery Lentil Salad

Picnic time with a summery puy lentil salad!

Picnic time with a summery puy lentil salad!

Picnics part 2

Wowza it’s been a hot few days. I might be going on about this a bit but it’s been so beautiful for the last couple of weeks. I’ve really been enjoying seeing everyone out in their summer best and getting out and enjoying the parks.

Lazing on Hampstead Heath

Lazing on Hampstead Heath with views out to central London

I my last post I shared a recipe for my summery pork slaw which I made for our picnic out on Hampstead Heath last weekend. As I said then I made a few different things for the picnic. This recipe is healthy and tasty at the same time, the same as the last recipe. Last time around I made up the dish from scratch, inspired by things like coronation chicken; this time the recipe actually came from the back of the packet!

I sometimes think we ignore suggested recipes from a pack too quickly, after all how many of us follow them? But sometimes, just like this, they can give just the right inspiration at just the right time! It’s something that I will think more about in the future and watch out for.

tasty Puy Lentil salad for picnics

tasty Puy Lentil salad for picnics

Ingredients: serves 2 as part of a picnic or as a side dish to a main meal

1 pack ready cooked, boil in the bag puy lentils (just like these)
1 red onion, cut in half then thinly sliced
1 beef tomato, chopped
200g feta cheese
1 good handfull of coriander (discard the stalks!)
juice of 1 lemon
splash of olive oil

Recipe: Put the lentils, still in the packet, in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 7 minutes. Meanwhile…….

Prepare the vegetables. Wash the coriander and tomato and drain. Chop the red onion in half and thinly slice then separate the rings out. Dice a beef tomato having firstly discarded the seeds. Drain the feta of any liquid which is in the pack and pat it dry with some kitchen paper. Dice into bite-sized chunks.

Finely chop the coriander leaves, a mezzaluna is great for doing this!

In a mixing bowl stir together all the  ingredients along with the juice of 1 lemon. Remove the bag of lentils from the heat and add them to the bowl too. Stir everything together and add a little olive oil to lubricate it.

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