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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lentil Lemon & Tuna Salad: French Fridays with Dorie

Lentil Tuna Salad with Ciabatta Rolls and Olive Tapenade

I really need to read through Dorie's recipes more thoroughly beforehand... this little tuna salad required making three dishes. 

It would have been a great use of leftovers if I had on hand the French Lentils and the Black Olive Tapenade.  I whipped these up without much difficulty... and I really liked their individual tastes. 

When I returned to the Lentil Lemon & Tuna Salad recipe I was hesitate to mix everything together. So, instead I made a small batch of the tuna salad and served the lentils and the tapenade with Ciabatta rolls and European butter. Last minute I sautéed up some spicy sausage just in case the kids didn't go for the tuna as dinner.

I was worrying about the kids not liking the tuna when in fact it was me who was not crazy about it. I even used Tonno tuna instead of chunk light tuna, but the dish just left me flat.

I have a really great lentil salad recipe in which you roast beets and fry goat cheese - now that is an exciting lentil salad. It has sweetness, creaminess, and savory lentils.(I'll post it soon.) 

This salad did have the brightness of lemons. I used juice and zest not preserved lemons. The lentil dish mixed with the tapenade just didn't work for me. I felt that the saltiness of the tapenades cancelled out the interesting note of cognac in the lentils.

As part of a meal it was tasty, and it is probably very nice for lunch on a hot afternoon - most especially it is a terrific use of left over French Lentils and Black Olive Tapenade, but it is these individual recipes that are really the more interesting dishes.





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13 comments:

  1. Lovely presentation! Your beet and goat cheese lentil salad sound delicious.

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  2. Thanks... I haven't made that beet, goat cheese lentil salad since last summer it is a memorable one.

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  3. Looks good! The spicy sausage sound really great as well.

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    1. I have to say a little spicy meat with this dish worked very well.

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  4. Diane, Your presentation looked beautiful (and, let me tell you, there is nothing picture-perfect about lentils) so I am sorry it didn't pass the taste test with you. I'd love the beet and goat cheese lentil salad recipe so I could givwe it a try during my Summer Salads Fest.

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  5. Wow, your presentation is lovely. It looks like a perfect dinner for a warm summer night. I loved the salad and it held up well and was just as good cold as warm, but I didn't try it with tuna. I was truly surprised how flavorful it was.

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  6. Very lovely.
    This wsa a nice dinner salad, but I can see where it might not have been for everyone.
    Have a great week.

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  7. That lentil salad with the goat cheese and beets sounds AMAZING. I still have some leftover roasted beets that need to get used up. Hello dinner tonight!

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  8. Nice looking spread, Diane. I actually liked this one. I didn't find the tapenade too strong (I used from a jar, not homemade). What I liked the most was the lemony flavor. I did make my own "quick" preserved lemons. I am really looking forward to your beet, lentil, and goat cheese salad recipe as those are three of my most favorite foods.
    I have an unrelated question. I saw on your About page that you keep bees. I am a new beekeeper this year. It's going pretty well, but I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to make a fire that keeps smoking in the smoker. If you have any tips to share about what works best for you, can you please let me know? Thanks!

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    1. The style of hive we use doesn't require smoking so I am unfamiliar with smokers. Try posting your questions on Natural Beekeeping Network http://www.biobees.com/forum/index.php
      Nice to hear from you. I'll be putting up the lentil salad recipe next Friday on my food party.

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    2. Thanks for the resource, Diane. I'll check back tomorrow for the lentil salad.

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    3. I was planing the lentils for my next week food party but I just found out that my co-host wanted to do a father's day themed party...which is a great idea so I won't be posting it for another 2 weeks.

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  9. Your lentil salad sounds incredible! I've been trying to eat more lentils lately, and am always looking for interesting things to do with them. I'll keep an eye out for your recipe.

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