George Calombaris: Lentil and coriander salad

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 people

  • 3 celery stalks
  • 250 gm small green lentils
  • 1 small carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (loosely packed) coriander, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste
  • To serve: micro-cress (optional)
01   Coarsely chop one celery stalk and combine in a large saucepan with lentils, carrot, onion, thyme, bay leaf and 2 litres cold water. Bring to the boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium and simmer until lentils are tender (20-25 minutes). Strain (discard vegetables and herbs) and transfer lentils to a bowl. Add half the olive oil, stir to coat, then cool to room temperature.
02   Thinly slice remaining celery diagonally, add to lentils with coriander, red wine vinegar and remaining olive oil. Season to taste, scatter with micro-cress and serve.
This recipe is from the March 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Recipe:

GEORGE CALOMBARIS

Photography:

SHARYN CAIRNS

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES

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