Makes 4 Main Course servings
1 cup French dried lentils, boiled for about 20 minutes or until soft, drained
2 small Kirby cucumbers, scrubbed clean and diced
2 large bunches cilantro leaves, washed
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons Ponzu or Citrus flavored soy sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons garlic chili pepper sauce
½ teaspoon salt or to taste
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup salted roasted peanuts
Combine the lentils and cucumbers in a bowl. In a food processor, puree the cilantro with sesame oil, Ponzu, mayonnaise, garlic chili pepper sauce and salt and toss with lentils and cucumbers. Add scallions and peanuts. Mix ingredients and season with more salt if you need to.
This is a recipe that Michele created for one of our regular Tuesday dinners together, that she subsequently forgot about (which is why I'm posting it here)! It is utterly delicious -- these simple ingredients combine to create a hearty, tasty dish that is great on its own or paired up with another recipe.