This delicious puy lentil salad is loaded with gloriously salty, fresh, soft goats cheese and wonderfully sweet roasted red pepper!
Puy Lentil Salad With Goat Cheese and Roasted Peppers.
This Puy Lentil Salad is a little different to many of my ‘salad not salad recipes’ that I usually create.
It is probably a little more recognisable as a traditional salad in many ways… Anyway, whatever it is it is a recipe I deeply love.
The salty acidic goats cheese is perfect against the sweet roasted red peppers. We then add the red wine vinegar, a little good quality olive oil and herb to round out the flavour.
All of which marry with the almost peppery flavour and texture of the puy lentils perfectly.
Regular readers will know I have a thing for goats cheese, I love it, apparently, some people don’t… Those people are very strange!
It is a little milder than aged goats cheese with a little more acidity. It is also beautifully creamy which compliments all the other textures in this lentil salad perfectly.
What Are Puy Lentils?
I secretly know why you are all here though… Potted food history lessons in a few words. Anyway your food general knowledge for today concerns lentils.
Apparently, lentils are the oldest pulse crop that we know of, forget your peas and beans. Lentils predate them with dateable evidence of their consumption dating back some 13,000 years!
Anyway enough of the history, this lentil salad recipe uses Puy Lentils. They are from the Auvergne region of France.
They are prized for their almost peppery flavour and the texture they keep after cooking.
You know me texture in food is really, really important, as far as I am concerned as important as flavour!
If you cannot get puy lentils then avoid yellow or red lentils as a substitute. They go too mushy, perfect for this Lentil and Bean Burger but pretty crappy for this puy lentil salad!
Go for brown or green lentils as a substitute for puy lentils but adjust the cooking time as per the instructions.
The Diversity of Lentils.
Lentils are a wonderful ingredient although in recent times they have picked up a bad ‘rep’ from the hippy crowd in some Western cultures.
In all fairness, I probably consider myself at least an associate member of the hippy crowd. But if lentils are not part of your store cupboard, then give yourself a talking to and sort it out!
They are however fabulous in curries, stews, casseroles, and soups as well as in salads like this puy lentil salad. Or indeed the lentil salad accompanying this glorious herb crusted salmon recipe.
Of course, let’s not forget the glory that is Dhal, the beautifully simple Indian favourite!
But don’t take my word for it, go out and cook them they are incredible. There are also probably a host of health reason too, but hey you know I care nothing for that. Eat em because they taste bostin’!
Puy Lentil Salad With Goat Cheese and Roasted Peppers
- 125 g Puy Lentils
- 75 g Red Onion
- 175 g Goats Cheese
- 1 Red Pepper
- 10 g Celery Leaves
- 10 g Chives
- 25 g Lambs Lettuce
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 Small Onion
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- Heat your oven to 220°C or 430°F and roast off your red pepper for 30 minutes.
- After 10 minutes bring a pan of water to the boil and add the bay leaf and small onion (cut in half).
- When the water boils reduce the temperature and add the lentils, bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 25 minutes.
- Remove the pepper from the oven and then cover with cling film and allow to set for 5 minutes.
- Slice your red onion and sprinkle with sea salt and then mix in the red wine vinegar and allow to sit for 3-4 minutes.
- By now it should be time to drain your puy lentils, discard both the onion and the bay leaf and place in a bowl.
- Add in the onions along with the red wine vinegar, the olive oil, and a generous seasoning of sea salt and pepper.
- Cover and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Whilst the lentils are cooling you can now remove the skin from the pepper and tear into shreds.
- Make sure you keep any juices from the pepper to add back into the salad.
- Finally mix everything together including herbs, salad leaves and of course your sliced goats cheese and serve.