Recipe Box: Sunchoke Lentil Salad

sunchoke padron lentil salad

This salad came together quickly after a trip to the Farmer’s Market and a desire to make something that evoked the earth. The flavors are deep and get better with time from the complexity of the Padrons to the meatiness of the lentils or the nuanced flavors of the sunchokes and woody herbs with toasted almonds. I packed leftovers of the salad for a flight this past weekend, bringing a little bit of earth up to 30,000 miles above it.

Sunchoke Lentil Salad

A tip when cooking sunchokes is to add some cream of tartar to the water as they boil so they won’t go grey later.

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 6 small sunchokes
  • 2 cups cooked lentils (from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 9 Padron peppers

1. Wash sunchokes thoroughly and then chop. Pour 4 cups water into small pot and once boiling, add the chopped sunchokes. Cook until fork tender.

2. While sunchokes are cooking, toast almonds for about 2 minutes in toaster oven or on low heat in saute pan until lightly brown.

3. Wash and chop the Padron peppers. Then add olive oil to a small saute pan with sea salt over high heat. Once the oil easily moves around the pan, add the chopped peppers. Once the skin starts blistering with a slight char, you’re done. With Padrons, a quick sear is all that’s needed.

4. Drain sunchokes. Add lentils into a medium sized bowl. Mix in all ingredients including the olive oil used to sear the Padrons. Toss and serve.

~Yields 4 servings

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About Anneliesz

Food. Poetry. People. Art. If I was Julie Andrews singing her song, these would be some of my favorite things. My biggest food fail was something we'll call "Tuna Surprise," but that never kept me out of the kitchen. Cooking is my own playtime. While I'm not a chef and would never claim to be anything less than an experimenter of flavors and textures, I sure do love to feed people. Then there's my love of writing which commenced at a wee age over a talking pen named "Percy". I love rolling words around my tongue in different languages. Art camp taught me the importance of not having an eraser. Life is an adventure and one whose marrow I seek to suck as much out of as possible. Join me as I live my life en route.

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