July 27, 2011

Lentils with daikon and orange


It was one of those hectic days when my to-do list was longer than my arm, yet my mind was full of new ideas I wanted to add on to that list. I was trying to multi-task, but of course I ended up doing a little bit of everything, but not a whole lot of anything. If there is one thing I don't compromise even during the busiest times, however, it's my eating habits.

This lentil salad is one of my favourite quick lunches and seconds beautifully as a side dish for fish, tofu or meat. I love the tangy dressing that the lentils suck up and the oranges bring a beautiful seasonal twist on this meal. Perfectly quick yet satisfying meal for the busy of days!

Lentils with daikon and orange
(Recipe inspired by Marie Claire's 'Spicy')
(serves 2-3)


1 cup (French) lentils
1 medium sized daikon (white radish), peeled and thinly sliced
2 oranges
1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pomegranate balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

1. Rinse the lentils. Drain and place in a saucepan with 4 cups of water. Bring to boil, then let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until just tender. Drain and place the lentils in a large mixing bowl. 

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, juice and zest of one orange and half a lemon, pomegranate balsamic (or normal balsamic vinegar with pomegranate molasses) and mustard powder. Season the dressing with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper and pour all the dressing on to the lentils. Mix thoroughly to coat.

3. Add in the daikon slices. Peel and cut the orange into segments and add them in as well. Mix everything together and serve.


39 comments:

  1. A great dish! That combination is unusual, but so perfect.

    Gorgeous clicks.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Lovely colorful and very interesting dish.

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  3. I love the ingredients in this dish, and the mustard seeds sounds like a fun and flavorful twist. Your bowls are also super cute!

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  4. Maria I am always looking for ways to cook with lentils so I'll book mark this one for my side-dishes!

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  5. sounds delicious, I love the fresh flavours in the dressing.

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  6. Beautiful! I love lentils and love the idea of adding orange for a fresh kick.

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  7. This sounds like a wonderful lunch! The pomegranate balsamic and orange in the dressing sound great with lentils.

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  8. Very unusual combination, but I am intrigued!

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  9. Great simple recipe, thanks!

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  10. Woohoo, I have all of those ingredients on hand. Lunch tomorrow is sorted. Thanks for this :) Sounds so fresh and healthy, a nice change from wintery things.

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  11. I never thought of putting some loves of my life, oranges and lentils, together! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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  12. What a lovely combination of flavors! I really love the addition of orange!

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  13. For the love of lentils... I shall bookmark this ;P.
    Simply gorgeous lite lunch :D

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  14. how do you make such a simple quick lunch look that pretty! When my to do list goes high my appetite goes for a toss! This looks beautiful.

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  15. i love lentils and this sounds like a lovely combination. Nutritious as well.

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  16. Oh so god! Here summer has been pretty chilly so far (yes, in Italy...) so I was really fancying something warm with lentils...perfect!

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  17. Its sounds delicious - with the orange adding freshness and a certain zing, and the daikon adding even more zinginess, to balance the hearty lentils. Yum!

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  18. I'm still new to lentils but I'd love to try with daikon and orange. What a unique combination using daikon and I love it! Also I'm in love with this bowl....

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  19. You sound like me and my multi-tasking! Combining lentils with orange and daikon- is like taking a normal everyday ingredient and turning it into the most incredible side dish I have ever seen. It looks amazing.

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  20. How refreshing and healthy! I can live on that bowl for ever. You are lovely Maria. Love all your healthy creations here.

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  21. This sounds like a wonderful combination.

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  22. Looks like a quick and delicious dish!

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  23. I LOVE lentils. Speaking of which, I have a large bag sitting in my pantry just waiting to be used. How perfect!

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  24. Looks so healthy and nourishing. Love that bowl!

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  25. Love such beautiful & healthy dish...daikon + lentils = yum! I cant wait to try this as a salad one of these days :)

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  26. Would never have thought of putting orange and daikon but it sounds delicious!

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  27. It is an interesting pairing of daikon and orange with the lentils! You are very creative.

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  28. I just bought a bag of French lentils and yet I did not want to make the classic lentil and sausage French dish; so this is perfect! Love citrus with lentils!

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  29. This recipe looks absolutely delicious Maria! Your blog is stunning with loads of healthy ideas. Thank you for the visit and I will be a regular here!

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  30. Thank you. I was wondering what on earth to make for dinner. Lentils it is...

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  31. Maria - I kind'a thought I knew how to cook? No, lady, you are teaching me! Lentils, orange AND daikon - I can taste the sweet and the sharp on my palate now! And I live on lentils - thank you! :) !

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  32. That's commendable that you take time to eat so well even on the busiest of days!

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  33. Food always comes first in my mind also! If I'm not well fed, then what's the point? These lentils look so tasty.

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  34. What a beautifully healthy dish, you've done it again :)

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  35. I love the flavour combination here! Beautiful photos as always!

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  36. Just eating this now...thumbs up! The lentils taste a bit tuna-esque with the dressing, a discovery I will be happy to pop into all sorts of dishes!

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  37. I have a recipe for Orange Vinaigrette and I love it so I wonder why I don't use oranges in sweet-savory dishes more often. I love this salad: healthy and tasty. Beautiful. I can see why it is a favorite.

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