Puy lentil, parsnip & walnut salad

Serves 8

  • 6 parnsips

  • 1 litre vegetable stock

  • 250 g puy lentils

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 50 g walnuts

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp walnut oil

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 2 tsp runny honey

  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 shallot

  • 1/2 clove of garlic

  • a large bunch of watercress, or rocket leaves

  • a few shavings of vegetarian hard cheese, to serve (leave this out for a vegan option)

Recipe by Pippa Kendrick



1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Peel and trim the parsnips, cutting them into batons approximately 5cm long and 1cm thick. Finely chop the shallot and crush the garlic.



2. Bring the stock to the boil, add the puy lentils and bay leaf and simmer gently for 25–30 minutes, or until the lentils are just tender but still retain some bite. Drain the lentils, discard the bay leaf and set aside.



3. Place the walnuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove the tray from the oven, scoop out the walnuts, and add the parsnips in their place. Drizzle with the olive oil and roast for 35 minutes until golden.



4. Make the dressing by whisking together the walnut oil, vinegar, honey, mustard and garlic. Season and stir in the garlic and shallots.



5. In a bowl, toss together the lentils, walnuts, parsnips and dressing. Place the watercress or rocket onto plates, pile on the lentil salad and top with shavings of vegetarian cheese.

Nutritional Information

Puy lentil, parsnip & walnut salad

A hearty veggie & gluten-free salad

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This beautiful salad works beautifully as either a Christmas starter or a side dish. To make it vegan friendly just leave out the cheese.
Serves 8
1h 25m
Super easy
Method

Recipe by Pippa Kendrick

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Peel and trim the parsnips, cutting them into batons approximately 5cm long and 1cm thick. Finely chop the shallot and crush the garlic.

2. Bring the stock to the boil, add the puy lentils and bay leaf and simmer gently for 25–30 minutes, or until the lentils are just tender but still retain some bite. Drain the lentils, discard the bay leaf and set aside.

3. Place the walnuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove the tray from the oven, scoop out the walnuts, and add the parsnips in their place. Drizzle with the olive oil and roast for 35 minutes until golden.

4. Make the dressing by whisking together the walnut oil, vinegar, honey, mustard and garlic. Season and stir in the garlic and shallots.

5. In a bowl, toss together the lentils, walnuts, parsnips and dressing. Place the watercress or rocket onto plates, pile on the lentil salad and top with shavings of vegetarian cheese.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 290 15%
  • Carbs 34g 13%
  • Sugar 9g 10%
  • Fat 15g 21%
  • Saturates 1.5g 8%
  • Protein 10g 22%
Of an adult's reference intake

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