May 2, 2018 5

Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil

Fresh, simple asparagus lentil salad.
Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil | An herby asparagus lentil salad with spring herbs like mint and dill and drizzled with a nutty hemp oil. A spring salad that is hearty enough for a meal.

Last week was my inaugural Of All The Places I Call Home.

Of All The Places I Call Home is my new dinner series.

Which is more like a single-evening restaurant.

That I make happen every last Thursday of the month.

Yes. The answer is, definitely yes.

It is an incredible amount of work.

But also an incredible thrill.

And hopefully, an incredible meal for those experiencing it.

My first menu included an iteration of this asparagus lentil salad.

The base was a bed of blanched local asparagus from my friends at Eckert’s Farms, and hearty not green lentils. I like lentils just a touch underdone. Because there’s nothing worse than mushy lentils in my book. The salad was chilled and tossed with an abundance of herbs like young spring mint and chamomile greens – the first chamomile tips from my garden.

Then the asparagus lentil salad was dressed in a vinaigrette made with foraged viola infused vinegar and garnished with violas. As an additional suggestion, diners could add on a poached yolk, and/or Flory’s Truckle, a type of cheddar cheese local to me that is absolutely outstanding. Perhaps my favorite cheese ever. It’s like if Parmgiano-Reggiano and cheddar had a perfect baby.

This version of my asparagus lentil salad uses mint and dill – since I know that chamomile greens aren’t commonly sold in stores. Although you might want to check with your local farmers at your local markets, because they are fantastic if you can get your hands on them.

The vinaigrette is made with olive oil, white wine vinegar, lots of pink Himalayan salt, black pepper, a touch of lemon juice and hemp seed oil. This asparagus lentil salad recipe is in partnership with Mountain Rose Herbs. I added in the addition of Hemp Seed Oil here for its incredibly pleasant and mellow nutty essence.

I have been using hemp seeds in smoothies, salads and on roasted vegetables for years. But I especially love hemp seed oil for its protein, nutrition and essential amino acids in salads and other cold vegetable dishes. Hemp seed oil is highly digestible in its raw state. And it should not be heated.

Tickets for May, Of All The Places I Call Home dinner are on sale now. There is a 5:30 and a 7:30 seating. Tickets are limited and selling fast. Purchase your tickets here.

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MENU | April 26

All Of The Alliums
spring onion soup, cashews, wild chive oil, sunflower seed dukkah

{add windcrest dairy yogurt}

Asparagus And The Field
asparagus, lentils, mint, chamomile greens, violas, violet vinegar

{add buttonwood poached yolk and/or  flory’s cheddar truckle}

Spring Comfort Plate
organic missouri polenta, poached radishes, brown butter

{add whipped ricotta}

A Little Something Sweet
beet poached rhubarb, sweet cream mousse, cacao nibs, bohlen family farms honey

Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil | An herby asparagus lentil salad with spring herbs like mint and dill and drizzled with a nutty hemp oil. A spring salad that is hearty enough for a meal.

Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil | An herby asparagus lentil salad with spring herbs like mint and dill and drizzled with a nutty hemp oil. A spring salad that is hearty enough for a meal.

Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil | An herby asparagus lentil salad with spring herbs like mint and dill and drizzled with a nutty hemp oil. A spring salad that is hearty enough for a meal.

Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil | An herby asparagus lentil salad with spring herbs like mint and dill and drizzled with a nutty hemp oil. A spring salad that is hearty enough for a meal.

Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil | An herby asparagus lentil salad with spring herbs like mint and dill and drizzled with a nutty hemp oil. A spring salad that is hearty enough for a meal.

Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil | An herby asparagus lentil salad with spring herbs like mint and dill and drizzled with a nutty hemp oil. A spring salad that is hearty enough for a meal.

Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad

Prep Time 5
Cook Time 30
Total Time
Serves 4 servings

This recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for a few days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1/2 cup mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Hemp Seed Oil
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  • violas, to garnish {optional}

Directions

Over high heat, fill a large pot with the lentils, water and sea salt and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes. Or until the lentils have reached your preferred doneness. 

Rinse the lentils with very cold water, drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, wash and cut the asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Return the pot back to the stove with a few inches of water in it. Bring the water to a boil and drop in the asparagus. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain and submerge the asparagus in an ice bath until they’ve reach a chilled temperature. 

Drain and pat the asparagus dry. Combine them in a mixing bowl with the lentils, mint and dill. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, hemp seed oil, salt and black pepper. Pour the vinaigrette over the asparagus and toss well. 

Plate and serve with fresh foraged violas.


This post is sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs; all opinions are my own.

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5 Responses to "Herby Asparagus Lentil Salad with Mint + Dill + Hemp Oil"

  1. Reply

    Todd Wagner

    May 8, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    I’ve been eating so much asparagus lately! I can’t wait to give this salad a try.

  2. Reply

    Christiann Koepke

    May 12, 2018 at 12:07 AM

    This looks so amazing and absolutely Spring perfect!

  3. Reply

    Tessa | Salted Plains

    May 12, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    I truly intend to come to one of your dinners one of these days! In love with this salad. I’ve never tried hemp seed oil but getting some asap!

  4. Reply

    Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    May 15, 2018 at 1:17 AM

    I’m so stinking excited for you and this dinner series and simultaneously so jealous of anyone who gets to eat your super fresh and flavorful dishes. Thanks for sharing so I can taste a little bit of it at home!

  5. Reply

    Shyam

    June 21, 2018 at 11:51 PM

    Great! I’ll try this at home. Thanks for sharing.

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