Traditionally, leeks are boiled in salted water then cooled and drained before dressing with a classic vinaigrette. I like to half sauté and half steam my leeks to add a little caramelised colour to the dish.
- 1 Leek
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 Tin Green Lentils or cook dried lentils from scratch
- 6 tbsp Olive oil
- 2 tbsp Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 PInch Salt
- fresh herbs tarragon or dill go really well here
- *optional extras – toasted nuts or seeds capers, olives…
- Split and wash the leeks, keeping them intact at the root end. Then cut into long chunks, about the length of your index finger.
- Place the leeks – beautiful, stripy, cut side down – in a hot frying pan with the butter or oil. Sprinkle over a pinch of salt and allow the leeks to take on some colour. Don’t move them around in the pan, let them sit in one delicate piece. Then after about 4 minutes, put the lid on the frying pan and allow the leeks to steam in their own juices. You may wish to turn the heat down to medium at this stage.
- Test that they are cooked through with a small, sharp knife. Then plate them up.
- Put the cooked lentils into a large bowl or platter (drain the tin or simmer dried lentils in stock until soft). Make a classic vinaigrette by mixing the olive oil, vinegar and dijon mustard with a pinch of salt.
- Arrange the leeks on top of the lentils and drench with the vinaigrette. Then scatter over some freshly picked tarragon or dill and enjoy with some fresh, crusty bread and a crisp glass of white wine.
- *Sprinkle over some toasted walnuts or other nuts or seeds you like or some salty capers or green olives to give the salad an extra dimension.
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Calories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 78mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 461IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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