A delicious black lentil and apple salad, with a red wine vinaigrette and toasted pine nuts. This warming salad is filling and hearty with delicious contrasting flavours from the lentils and apples!
One of the questions I get asked most by my friends and family when talking about food blogging is where I get my inspiration from. Well, the answer is mostly a combination of things I’ve eaten and gained inspiration from, reading through my favourite book “The Flavour Bible” for ideas of combinations etc… but this recipe is different…
The inspiration for this one came from a very specific situation, and I think it’s kind of a funny story. Just over a month ago, I was rushed into surgery to have my gallbladder removed, so that was a crazy day. I spent the next 3 days in hospital and suffice to say I did not react well to any of the painkillers they gave me. I had an unsettled stomach (to put it nicely) for most of the time I was in hospital and didn’t really eat anything. On my last evening, after FINALLY finding an anti nausea drug that worked I was finally able to eat a whole meal, and it was a black lentil apple salad.
I think it may have been because it was the first time I’d eaten properly in nearly 4 days, but it was the most glorious thing I’ve ever tasted in my life (and we are talking about hospital food here), and I knew I had to test it out at home myself. Obviously I had no recipe to follow, so I just took to the kitchen and started playing around with different flavours to make something that brought back those wonderful flavours to me!
It was so good, Ben and I ate the entire thing for lunch in one sitting, and I promise you will like it just as much!
The combination of the black lentils and sweet crunchy apple is just heavenly. I love mixing flavours and textures in recipes to make something a bit unusual, something that really makes you sit up and pay attention when you eat it. A meal you remember is always a good thing. In future though, I hope to go back to getting my inspiration from the flavour bible and produce I see in the grocery store!
I hope you enjoy this lentil apple salad as much as I do, and that you get to keep your gallbladder ;)