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Lentil, Tuna, and Roasted Pepper Salad

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Serves 2

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 111

Transform roasted peppers with a tangy vinaigrette, and then pair them with lentils, canned tuna, and fresh tomatoes for a tasty lunch.

For the vinaigrette
  • 2 Tbs. finely diced shallot
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. finely chopped garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
For the salad
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown or French green lentils
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and halved
  • 1 small yellow onion, unpeeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion (white parts only)
  • 1/2  cup homemade or jarred roasted or grilled red peppers, peeled and cut into thick slices
  • 2 to 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 5-oz. cans tuna (preferably line-caught and packed in olive oil), drained
For serving
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
Prep it

Make the vinaigrette: Mix the shallot, vinegar, mustard, garlic, and a scant 1/4 tsp. salt in a small bowl. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to soften the shallot and garlic. Whisk in the olive oil and then stir in parsley.

Make the salad: In a 1-quart pan of well-salted water, bring the lentils, bay leaf, garlic, carrot, and onion to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Let the lentils cool completely in their liquid. Drain, discard the onion, carrot, bay leaf and garlic, and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir the scallions into the lentils and toss with 2 to 3 tsp. of the vinaigrette.

In a small bowl, mix the roasted peppers with 2 Tbs. of the vinaigrette; add salt and lemon juice to taste. In another small bowl, toss the tuna gently with the remaining vinaigrette.

Pack it

For each serving, pack half of the lentils, peppers, and tuna in a segmented lunch box or separate containers; refrigerate. Bring along a tomato, a small container of kosher salt, and a little jar of olive oil.

Put it together

Slice the tomato into thick wedges and arrange on your plate with the lentils, peppers, and tuna. Sprinkle everything with salt and drizzle with olive oil.

Variations

Try swapping a salted hardcooked egg for the tuna, or slices of boiled potato or cooked bulgur for the lentils. Instead of roasted peppers, use roasted zucchini or eggplant. If you don’t have a tomato, substitute a cucumber or sugar snap peas.

Serving Suggestions

This salad goes wonderfully with Homemade Grilled Flatbreads for a hearty, quick meal.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 600; Fat (g): fat g 33; Fat Calories (kcal): 290; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 5; Protein (g): protein g 49; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 19; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 30; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 6; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 1320; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 25; Fiber (g): fiber g 8;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Great flavors, but the lentils do NOT need a full 30 minutes of cooking. Check them after 15. I ended up with lentil soup the first time I made this, and very mushy lentils the next attempt.

Delicious! The only thing I added to the lentils was some diced roasted zucchini that I had leftover. I doubled the recipe so we could have it for dinner. Served it with naan. My husband wanted to take some to work for lunch the next day but there was none left after dinner! Looks like next time I'll have to triple the recipe.

Nice salad. Perfect for lunch. Was a nice way to change up lentils. Will make again.

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