Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Lentil, Roast Vegetable & Feta Salad




Marco and I are both very much into our food and love going out to fancy restaurants from time to time, but I don't think we ever even considered a 3-course sit down meal for the reception. 

In keeping with the fun and relaxed atmosphere we aimed to provide for our guests, we always wanted there to be a buffet, ideally with a barbecuing element, so that everybody could serve themselves when and what they wanted. 

We booked our venue inclusive of the catering, and luckily, the chef and event coordinator were very accommodating. We had a big balcony outside the function room, so that a barbecue was possible and exactly what we ended up with. Meat and fish fresh from the grill and a cold salad buffet. The kitchen staff suggested canap├ęs and what would be good to cook, but they also agreed to recreate some of our favourite salads for us.

So this lentil salad is one of the items that were served. (Another was my mother-in-law's potato salad.)


Lentil, Roast Vegetable & Feta Salad
(adapted from Cook Yourself Thin) (serves 4)

Need To Have:

1 small zucchini
1 pepper (colour of your choice)
1 beef tomato
1 red onion
2 tbsp olive oil
juice of one lemon
salt
400g lentils (green or brown)
600ml water
200g artichoke hearts (in oil or brine, drained)
pepper
200g feta cheese
handful fresh basil leaves

Need To Do:

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Clean and roughly chop the veggies. Place in a roasting tray and toss with half the olive oil and lemon juice. Season with a little salt. Put everything into the preheated oven and roast for about 20 minutes, which should just soften the vegetables. Take the roasting tray out of the oven when done and set aside.

While the veggies are roasting, add the lentils to the slightly salted water in a large pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the lentils are tender. This will take about 30 minutes.

While still hot, fold the lentils through the roast vegetables. At this point, also add the artichoke hearts and the remaining oil and lemon juice. Season generously with salt and pepper and leave to cool slightly.

After the salad is no longer hot, crumble the feta cheese over it all and also tear and add the basil. Mix through and serve still slightly warm or at room temperature.

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3 comments:

  1. This is beautiful and looks delicious. I love that you broke away from standard wedding food. : )

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  2. mmm, i love lentils artichokes!

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  3. YUMM!! This looks super delicious!! :] I am going to make this! :]

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