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Crispy Black Lentils with Peaches and Shaved Pecorino

Serves 2
Takes 35 minutes if using a pre-cooked pouch of lentils 



This is a lovely salad, bringing together the lovely nutty flavour of the lentils and two very summery flavours, peach and basil. To save time you can buy a 250g pack of cooked beluga lentils (Merchant Gourmet do them). Otherwise cook them from scratch and drain but don’t season them

2½ tbspns olive oil
10g butter
2 peaches or nectarines, skin on, stoned and quartered
250g cooked puy or beluga lentils
30g pecorino cheese, coarsely shaved (hard goats cheese also works very well)
1 tbspn finely chopped parsley

Dressing:-
15g of basil leaves, roughly chopped
1 ½ tbspns extra virgin olive oil
2 tspns white balsamic vinegar
1 tbspn finely chopped chives

  • Make the dressing by blitzing all the dressing ingredients together 
  • Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil with the butter in a pan over a medium heat. When the butter starts to foam, add the peaches (cut side down) and fry for 3-5 minutes according to how ripe they are, so the flesh is just starting to colour. Remove from pan and set aside 
  • Tip the lentils into the same frying pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Pan fry for 15 minutes over a medium high heat until they are crispy, stirring occasionally. Season well and stir in the parsley 
  • Divide the lentils between two plates and top with the peaches and pecorino. Finish with a generous drizzle of the basil dressing