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Adas Salatası

Bowl of lentils

(Turkish lentil salad)

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Healthy lentil salads are popular all around the Mediterranean. Adas salatasi is a simple one from Turkey that is seasoned with a lemon vinaigrette and garnished with tomatoes, eggs, olives and cheese.

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Lentils, rinsed -- 2 cups
  • Water -- 4 cups
  • Olive oil -- 1/4 cup
  • Onion, finely chopped -- 1
  • Garlic, minced -- 2-3 cloves
  • Ground cumin -- 2 teaspoons
  • Lemons, juice only -- 1 or 2
  • Parsley, minced -- 1 bunch
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • Tomatoes (optional), cut into wedges -- 2
  • Eggs (optional), hard-boiled and cut into wedges -- 2
  • Black olives (optional), pitted -- 8 to 10
  • Feta cheese (optional), crumbled or cubed -- 1/4 cup

Method

  1. Add the lentils and water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high flame. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Do not overcook. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until just translucent. Add the garlic and cumin and sauté for another 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Place the lentils in a large bowl and add the onions and garlic. Stir in the lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Set aside for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.
  4. Adjust seasoning and place the lentil salad in a serving bowl and garnish with any or all of the optional ingredients you like. Serve at room temperature.

Adas Salatasi Variations

  • Substitute red or white wine vinegar for the lemon juice if you prefer.
  • Stir in a little chopped mint or dill if you like.

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