Black Beluga Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

Beluga Lentil Salad

Black beluga lentils are aptly named.

Not only do the tiny jet-black lentils resemble beluga caviar in appearance, they also possess a warm, nutty flavor that is not unlike that of their namesake.

Black beluga lentils, like French Green Lentils (lentilles du Puys), differ from other “garden variety” lentils in several ways.  Black Beluga lentils retain their lens-like shape and firm pleasant texture when cooked, making them a good choice for salads. They’re much smaller, too – only about 1/8th-inch or so in diameter.  Black beluga lentils cook very quickly, requiring only about 15 – 20 minutes to cook to a pleasant ‘al dente’ consistency.

The natural deep ebony color of Black beluga lentils fades to an attractive rich nut-brown hue during the cooking process.  Their mild, but distinctive “legume” flavor melds beautifully with vinaigrettes and marinades, and accommodates itself well to soups and stews too.

It’s hard to imagine any food that is more versatile, flavorful and nutritious than the beautiful, delicious Black Beluga Lentil.

Black Beluga Lentils

Black Beluga Lentils

Ingredients:
Preparation:

Rinse the lentils and place them in a pot of 4 cups of boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes and add the shallots. Simmer for an additonal 10 minutes or until tender, but with a little resistance “to the tooth”. Drain immediately through a fine strainer and rinse briefly with cool water.  Drain again, set aside and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the cooled lentils with the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.  Add the capers, roasted pepper, parsley and chives and toss briefly.

Arrange a small amount of salad greens on each plate and mound about a 1/4 cup of the lentil mixture on top of the greens.  Crumble a little of the goat cheese over the lentils.  Drizzle with a little additional olive oil and sprinkle with a few sliced chives.

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9 comments on “Black Beluga Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese
  1. I love lentils! This looks like a great recipe. I’m going to definitely try it, just as soon as this darn snow ends and I can get to the store to buy some lentils! By the way, have been a fan of Earthy Delights for many years. Thanks.–Sue Pipal

  2. I didn’t love lentils until I tasted these…and the reds… ^__^
    The salad sounds perfect, I’m always looking for ideas on how to cook them…thanks for sharing…

  3. This is just beautiful. I have been so jealous of all these black lentils in blogs, wondering where I can get my hands on them. Ahhh, duh, they are in my pantry- I bought them at the Indian store. Same thing? Right? I hope so.

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