Beluga Lentil Salad with Purslane and Green Coriander Buds Recipe

This summer recipe combines cooked lentils with easy-to-grow purslane.

From "Vegetable Literacy"
May/June 2016

Yield: 6 servings

Purslane, appreciated today for its omega-3s, is a succulent weed with small, plump leaves that creeps along the ground, especially in the garden. The cultivar golden purslane produces much larger leaves on stems that stand upright rather than creep. It’s easy to grow, you can collect the seeds and replant them, or you can just let them reseed themselves, which they’ll do with vigor. Green coriander seeds are picked before they dry.


Cooked Lentils Recipe ingredients
Dill-Flecked Yogurt Sauce Recipe ingredients
• 1⁄2 cup or more walnuts, toasted
• Plenty of purslane sprigs, preferably golden purslane
• 2 Persian cucumbers, unpeeled, quartered lengthwise and diced
• Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
• Green coriander or chopped cilantro


1. Cook lentils using the Cooked Lentils Recipe. While lentils are cooking, make Dill-Flecked Yogurt Sauce, toast walnuts, pluck purslane leaves and dice cucumbers.

2. Toss drained lentils with dill sauce. Taste for salt and season with pepper.

3. Pour lentils into a shallow serving bowl. Cover surface with walnuts, purslane and cucumber to keep everything fresh and crisp, then serve. Serves 6.

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