Recipe: Mushroom, Spinach, Lentil, Feta, Quinoa Salad

by Sasha Wilkins on April 1, 2011 · 12 comments

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This is healthy, carb-light (aghh summer approaching, no more tights and baggy sweaters), and PACKED with vitamins. And so very, very idiot-proof. (I hope.)

First: put 2 x pans of water on to boil.

You want to roughly chop your mushrooms, sprinkle them with salt to encourage the juices to leach out and sweat them – that means cook gently in a little olive oil – for about 5-10 mins, so they stay plump-ish whilst still giving off lovely cooking juices, which we’ll use to moisten the salad. This is the finished result:

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Whilst they are sweating away, boil up your green or Puy lentils, and cook your quinoa according to packet instructions (LLG cop out!). It should look like this when cooked, with the teeny tiny tails poking out:

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(Drain in a sieve not a colander as it will wash through the larger holes! Yup, I’ve made that mistake.)

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Wash your spinach in a colander and either chuck it in a saucepan to wilt – no extra water, or zap it for 30 secs in a microwave. Squeeze out excess water. Then grab a big bowl and add all your ingredients, including cooking juices from mushrooms, and the feta, crumbled.

Hopefully your lentils are now cooked, (you could use tinned ones in a bind, I suppose), so drain them and add them to the bowl too.

I don’t bother with a pre-made dressing: I just drizzle over some grassy Greek olive oil, lots of lemon juice, some crunchy Maldon salt & a few grinds of black pepper. And some Tabasco as am a chili freak, but clearly that’s not to everyone’s taste.

Yum

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Ingredients:
Small green lentils – or Puy if you have them
Quinoa
Mushrooms – I used a mix of white & Chestnut
fresh spinach
olive oil for cooking & extra virgin for dressing
lemon juice
Maldon salt
black pepper grinder
Feta cheese, crumbled

More LLG Food & Recipe posts here

As lots of lovely readers tell me that they make my recipes over the weekend, I have decided to designate Friday as official recipe day. That’s not to say I won’t do food stuff on other days too, just that there will always be a Friday recipe…and not at 8pm like this one. (I’ve been in come-down from the amazing-ness of speaking at yesterday’s Fashion Business Club talk + styling my window at Dolce & Gabbana + dealing with queries following today’s Evening Standard coverage of the launch of London & Partners. (The shoot I was banging on about last week.)

ANYWAY.

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