Monday, March 05, 2007

Lentils on Garlic Toast with Greens, Beets, & Goat Cheese

Let's face it, cooking for others is an act of love. But I've been reading a lot of Zen lately, and loving-kindness starts with oneself. This dish was an act of loving-kindness from me to me.

Strongly inspired by a recent lentil sandwich, this salad with lentils on garlicy toast with beets and goat cheese was rather enlightening. The minced garlic-olive oil spread on the toasts and added to the lentils (pre-cooked from Trader Joe's) made this an exceptional meal.

Wait a minute, you ask: salad? What about those winter stews and hearty soups for cold, rainy nights?

God, it's been gorgeous here the last couple of days. Sunny, balmy, t-shirt weather, a sudden incredible eruption of blossoms. Ice cream cones for dessert. An extravaganza of optimistic spring.

Lentils on Garlic Toast with Greens, Beets, & Goat Cheese:

I slice of wheat bread
1 tbsp olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
1/4 -1/3 cup lentils (I used Trader Joe's steamed lentils)
1 small minced garlic clove
dash of olive oil
salad mix (I used Safeway's Fresh Organic Herb Salad)
olive oil and balsamic vinegar
cooked beets ( I used Trader Joe's precooked), sliced
crumbled goat cheese

Preheat broiler. Cut 3-4 small circles from a single slice of wheat bread. Mix one minced garlic clove with 1 tbsp olive oil and brush both sides of toasts. Place toasts on a baking sheet covered with foil and toast 3 minutes on each side.

Place lentils in a small bowl. Stir in a dash of olive oil and minced garlic. Heat in the microwave at high for 30 seconds.

Place salad mix in a bowl and toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Arrange salad on a plate with sliced beets and hazelnuts. Top with garlic toasts, topped with lentils. Sprinkle generously with crumbled goat cheese.


Blogger Lydia said...

A thing of beauty! Lovely idea.

5:02 AM  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Good gosh, you are just rocking out!!!
Love to you from me, too.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

This looks out of this world delicious.. Keep the Zen food coming! I did think of that sandwich when I first saw the pic, but this is elegant.. and wonderful.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

wow this looks amazing. these are my favorite flavors for salad! those garlic toasts make my mouth water!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Mmmmm! Looks really tasty Catherine! :)

1:39 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Lovely to look at, I'll bet it tastes wonderful!
Lucky you with spring-like weather. We're still in the gloomy, wet gray of winter. Grumble!

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

oooh! I have lentils...and beets...must try! Thanks!

8:06 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Thanks everyone! Those garlic toasties really are great!

4:44 PM  
Blogger jeena said...

Mmmm your recipes look delicous!
you have Great blog from Jeena :)

visit jeena's kitchen healthy recipe blog

6:28 AM  

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