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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Exotic Green Lentil with Roasted Vegetable Salad

I came home to a very pleasant surprise from Foodbuzz and Crisco. Three bottles of olive oil were delivered to my doorstep. As a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I received Crisco Pure Olive Oil, Crisco Light Olive Oil, and Crisco 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Green Lentil Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Fresh Mozzarella

I used Crisco EVOO to make a warm green lentil salad with roasted vegetables and fresh mozzarella.

Green Lentil Salad
From LA Times Test Kitchen
Serves 4
  • 1 cup of French green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped roasted carrots*
  • 2 chopped roasted shallots*
  • 3 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp of fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1.5 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/8 cup of packed sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3oz fresh mozzarella, chopped
  1. Place lentils, bay leaf, garlic, 4 cups of water, and 1/2 tsp of salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Drain lentils well and discard water, bay leaf, and garlic. Transfer hot lentils to a large bowl. Add roasted chopped carrots and shallots.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, mustard, 1/8 tsp of salt and a pinch of pepper. Transfer dressing to the bowl of lentils and toss gently.
  3. Add parsley, tomatoes, and mozzarella and toss again, gently, just to combine. Serve warm.
*Roast peeled carrots (cut into chunks) and peeled shallots in preheated 375F oven for 30 minutes until golden brown. Chop roasted vegetables.

Crisco Olive Oil
~ Crisco EVOO - bold and fruity flavor, presents a rich olive flavor in dishes. Ideal for salad dressings, marinades, and dips.
~ Crisco Pure Olive Oil - mild and smooth flavor, adds a hint of fruity olive flavor to meals. Ideal for sauteing meats and vegetables.
~ Crisco Light Olive Oil - extra mild in flavor, perfect for everyday cooking. Ideal for baking and all-purpose cooking oil.

Crisco Olive Oil (100% extra-virgin, pure, and light)
Thanks to Foodbuzz and Crisco!


  1. Th dish looks really good and beautiful!!!
    Crisco range of olive oil, this is new to me. Looks Interesting.

  2. Beautiful salad. Love all the ingredients. Especially the citrus punch and the fresh mozzarella.


  3. That would nice right now as it's getting so damn warm out here. The dish looks lovely.

  4. green lentil salad looks delicious! i love the idea of adding orange juice to it :D beautiful picture!

  5. Wonderful lentil salad, love the light addition of citrus...lovely!

  6. What a great way to incorporate your olive oils! This salad sounds simple and refreshing =)

  7. I cannot think of a better use for your olive oil. So comforting!

  8. Lentils are new ingredients to me. I've had lentil soup but not salad. It's very simple and delicious salad that I should give it a try. Nice way to use the olive oil. Hmm sun dried tomatoes are in it too? Nice!

  9. This looks fantastic! Roasted carrots and shallots are a lovely addition, I bet they pair so nicely with the lentils' earthiness!

  10. Nice surprise delivery! I don't have much experience with lentils, but this looks refreshingly hearty and flavorful.

  11. I always love lentils when someone else shares a tasty dish, but I've only made lentil soup. Your salad is so lovely and enticing...I will put lentils on my shopping list~

  12. An excellent salad, I would love to find French green lentils to try.

  13. i recently found a bag of French green lentils, to my surprise here in Romania i couldn't find red lentils which are widely available in the States.
    Your salad sounds delicious, love the lemony touch!