Lentil and Green Bean Salad

"We made this tonight for dinner and loved it so I thought I'd share. Easy, simple and delicious. I also think it could become like a "mother" or base recipe & to it you could add smoked chicken, tuna, other legumes, even different salad or vegetables. Source: Good Taste, December 2007"
photo by Leggy Peggy photo by Leggy Peggy
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  • Cook lentils about 25mins until tender or drain cans and rinse thoroughly.
  • Cook onion until tender then add garlic and ginger. Cook for a couple of minutes then add garam masala and cook 1-2mins until aromatic.
  • Add onion mixture and lime juice to lentils and mix thoroughly. Leave to cool slightly.
  • Cook green beans until crisp tender then refresh in cold water and drain.
  • Add corn kernels, green beans, tomatoes & celery to lentil mixture and stir gently to combine.
  • Season with cracked black pepper and serve garnished with coriander and a dollop of yoghurt (we didn't miss the coriander or yoghurt but the pepper is a must).

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  1. I have been so unlucky with recipes lately that I had grown rather defeated - but this salad is substantial, refreshing, and really healthy. the garam marsala and ginger give it a subtle heat. I highly endorse...but cut your green beans to bite size pieces. mine were awkwardly long.
  2. Made a half batch of this delicious salad, using one tin of brown lentils and the full amount of green beans. The garam masala adds a wonderful tang that is perfectly countered by the yoghurt. Yummo!


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