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Fresh Finesse – Beetroot and Fetta with Lentils

Beetroot and Fetta with Lentils

Use aromatic local garlic and earthy beetroot in this charming spring salad…

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

2 cups cooked small green lentils (Puy)

4 medium/large beetroot (approx 1kg, stems intact)

4 cloves local garlic, skin intact

2 apples

100 g good quality fetta cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup marjoram leaves

2 tblspn red wine vinegar

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste

Cooked ham, pork or lamb (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 220c. Place each beetroot bulb with a small clove of garlic on a

piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap these into small parcels and place in a

roasting pan. Roast for approximately 40 minutes, until the beetroot is tender when

pierced with a fork.     Allow to cool, peel, remove the stems, and then slice

the beetroot into thick chunks. Combine the lentils, beetroot, apples, feta and marjoram in a large

bowl and gently toss. Combine the vinegar and remaining olive oil in a jar and squeeze in

the garlic puree from the roasted cloves. Mix well and drizzle over the lentil mixture. Season well with salt and pepper. Slices of cooked ham, pork or lamb may be mixed through before serving.

 

Recipe thanks to Fresh Finesse.

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