If your vegetable crisper and produce basket look anything like mine, recipes that use an abundance of seasonal vegetables are in heavy rotation. I developed this warm summer vegetable-lentil salad after a friend asked if we had any vegetarian lentil dishes on the blog. We had a few cold weather recipes, but I wanted to create one that used corn, zucchini, and tomato.
The vegetable-lentil combo is delicious on it’s own, but this tangy, flavorful dressing brings it all together to make a hearty, filling, and flavorful summer salad that I can’t get enough of. I keep a tupperware of cooked lentils in the fridge as well as a mason jar of the lemon-oregano dressing, so a good lunch is never far off.
Warm Summer Vegetable-Lentil Salad with Lemon-Oregano Dressing
You will likely have leftover dressing for another salad later in the week.
To cook 1/2 pound of lentils (which yields about 3 cups) bring 2 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 pound of lentils to boil in a covered 10-inch skillet. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until water is almost absorbed and lentils are just tender, about 12 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand a few minutes. Proceed with recipe.
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons each: chopped fresh oregano and parsley leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, cut into medium dice
2 ears of corn, kernels cut from the cob (about 2 cups)
1 medium-large zucchini cut into medium dice (about 2 cups)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved and lightly salted
3 cups cooked lentil (see directions above)
Salt and ground black pepper
For the dressing, puree lemon juice, 1/2 cup oil, oregano, parsley, garlic and 2 tablespoons of water in a blender; set aside.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. When wisps of smoke start to rise from the pan, add onions; saute for 2 minutes. Add zucchini; saute for another 2 minutes. Add corn; saute for another 2 minutes, then tomatoes; saute for another 2 minutes. Add lentils; cook until heated through, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serve, with dressing passed separately.