French green lentils with tomatoes, goats cheese and basil
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Serves: 4
  • ½ cup French green lentils
  • 1 very small red onion (35 grams), very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 250 gram punnet grape or cherry tomatoes
  • ½ bunch basil, leaves picked, choose smallest ones if you can
  • 80 grams goats cheese
  1. Start by cooking the lentils - place lentils in a saucepan and cover generously with water.
  2. Bring to the boil, then turn heat down and simmer for 20 minutes (approx) or until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, place the red onion in a medium bowl, pour over the vinegar and sprinkle a pinch of salt. Stir, then set aside to allow the onion to soften.
  4. When the lentils are cooked, drain well in a sieve and while still warm, add to the onion along with the olive oil, garlic and some black pepper.
  5. Stir to mix and leave to cool.
  6. Once cool, add the tomatoes and basil and gently mix together.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  8. To serve, pile up the lentils on a large plate.
  9. Top with dollops of goats cheese. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe by Healthy Home Cafe at