Lentil salads contain all the ingredients for great summer dining — quick, fuss-free, fresh, light, colorful, nourishing, tasty and easy to transport to the sunny outdoors. The recipe for making an inviting summer lentil salad is simply assembling contrasting but complementary colors, textures and flavors in your salad bowl. This is an especially appealing endeavor when fresh local produce hits the markets, as it has lately here in southwestern Ontario with the arrival of stunning local tomatoes, bright yellow sweet corn and vibrant fresh green onions among other beautiful vegetables and fruits.
I've made the best of these fresh ingredients by combining them with tender, earthy and peppery French lentils, sweet fresh garden herbs and salty Greek Kalamata olives and Feta cheese, and tossing them altogether with a refreshing, vibrant and zesty lime and cayenne dressing. Absolutely delicious and gone in no time at all, this is my favorite summer lentil salad until the next salad inspiration comes along!
Speaking of seasonal delights, this is my contribution to this month's No Croutons Required challenge, hosted this month by my special friend, Jac. Details are here. Let's get cooking with those treasured seasonal ingredients.
|French Lentil and Roasted Sweet Corn Summer Salad|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on August 8, 2013
A fresh and colorful summer salad with earthy, peppery French lentils tossed with tangy tomatoes, sweet corn, fresh herbs, olives and Feta cheese in a zesty lime and cayenne dressing
More summer salads you will enjoy:
Summer Chickpea Salad
Black Bean Mango Salad
Indian-Style Tomato Salad
Mexican-Style Potato Salad With Avocado and Jalapeño
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