'lentils' on Serious Eats

Arugula, Fennel, and Green Lentil Salad from 'River Cottage Veg'

As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall grumbles in River Cottage Veg, arugula has become too popular for its own good. The bitter green has become so ubiquitous in salad mixes that it's hard to appreciate arugula's ability to support a salad on its own. Fearnley-Whittingstall's arugula-fennel-lentil salad is an attempt to celebrate the green on its own merit. The crunchy anise notes of the fennel and earthy lentils indeed balance the peppery notes of the lettuce, and the bright lemon zest enlivens and lifts the mix. More

Vegan: How Not To Ruin Lentil Soup

If a waiter were to ask me how I'd like my food to be prepared, I'd generally not be inclined to say "brown and sludgy." And I mean no offense to you folks who are into beige ooze or mahogany goop. I have more than one close friend who's made a meal out of over-chili-ing their nachos and hot dogs from the 7-eleven sludge dispensers, and they're for the most part fine, upstanding citizens. Heck, some of them even work here. But rules are meant to be broken, and lentil soup is one bowl of brown sludge that I can really get behind. More

Vegan: Coconut Lentil Soup with Cilantro-Habanero Gremolata

If you asked me where this recipe came from, I really couldn't tell you. It starts with a traditional French mirepoix base of onions, carrots, and celery cooked down in extra virgin olive oil, but then gets a bare hint of flavors with a curry bent—ginger, garlic, hot chili, a touch of coriander and cumin and a jar of coconut milk. Brown lentils form the base, and it's important to cook them until they're soft—I mean really soft. Soft enough that they melt into the soup on their own. More

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Legacy of the Lentil

Last week on our Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we asked all of you to consider the humble lentil, that lowly wallflower of the legume world. Instead of relegating it to the unglamorous world of vegetarian bulker-upper, we were looking for recipes that glorified this plain pulse, ones that transformed the little lentil into something truly thrilling. Here's a look at your recipes. More

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