Rocket, fennel and lentil salad

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From the garden: rocket, fennel, parsley, onion, lemon
Recipe source: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in Veg Every Day
Serves: 4 at home or 20 tastes


  • 1 small saucepan & lid
  • Colander or sieve
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Citrus juicer
  • Jar with lid
  • Bowls – large, med, small
  • Measures – jug, teaspoon
  • Salad spinner
  • Serving bowls

  • 125g little green lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ small onion
  • A few parsley stalks
  • A large fennel bulb
  • About 75g rocket

For the dressing

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • A lemon
  • 120ml olive oil
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Flaked salt & black pepper


 What to do:

  • Put the lentils in the saucepan and add plenty of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for a minute only, then drain. Return the lentils to the pan and pour on just enough water to cover them. Add the bay leaf, onion and parsley stalks. Bring back to a very gentle simmer, and cook slowly for about half an hour, until tender but not mushy.
  • Meanwhile, to make the dressing: zest the lemon and then cut in half and juice. Add these and the rest of the dressing ingredients to the jar, put the lid on and shake until emulsified.
  • When the lentils are done, drain them well and discard the herbs and onion. While still warm, combine with a good half of the dressing. Leave until cooled, then taste and adjust the seasoning; you could add a little more salt, sugar, pepper or lemon juice if needed.
  • Trim the fennel, removing the tough outer layer (unless they are young and very fresh). Halve the bulb vertically, then slice as thinly as you can, tip to base.
  • Wash and spin dry the rocket, then pile about two-thirds of the lentils into wide serving bowls. Scatter over the rocket and fennel and trickle over the rest of the dressing. Scatter over the remaining lentils and serve.

Notes:What does emulsified mean? What other sort of lentils are there? What does fennel smell like?

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