Lentil Bruschetta

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on September 24, 2013

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So all of a sudden I realized that I was missing out on sharing my favorite late summer recipes!  I love going to the Farmers Market as soon as it opens in the summer but the time I really, really love the Market is right now.  In my opinion all the best produce is available at our local market right now, from the end of summer tomatoes and corn to fall squash and apples and potatoes.

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My sister in law got me a large basket to take to the market, and without it I wouldn’t be able to carry all my goodies to the car.  A couple weeks ago it was packed with a dozen cobs of corn, 2 small bags of apples, a couple small butternut squashes a huge bunch of basil and 2 baskets of these beautiful little tomatoes.  I love this time of year!

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So I have some recipes all ready to share with you, but I’m going to share my more summery recipes first(because I have a few pumpkin recipes too, just you wait!)  I’ve also been going a little crazy with muffins lately as back to school means muffins!  At least to me it does.  And then after all that I have so many plans for warm comforting food.  We had such a beautiful long summer here, but now it’s already cold.  Bring on the warming fall food!  🙂

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Look at those tomatoes and that basil!  So pretty!  I’m not sure where I saw the idea of putting bruschetta and lentils together but it’s a great combination!  I can’t even say the lentils were that noticeable in this though(and you can’t see them in the picture above because I hadn’t added them yet:) ), so I think next time I make any I’d double the lentils since I made this a meal a couple of times.  Great way to sneak in a little vegetarian protein!

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Enjoy!

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Lentil Bruschetta
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp packed fresh basil
  • ½ tsp sea salt, if desired
  • 1 C lentils
  • Parmesan cheese to top if desired
  • Baguette, pita or flatbread to serve
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and lentils. Chiffonade the basil by rolling the leaves up and using a very sharp knife, thinly slice. Add to the mixture and stir together. Let the flavors meld for 30-60 minutes before enjoying and add the salt just before serving and stir together.
  2. To serve, thinly slice bread or cut pita or flatbread into single serving pieces. Grill or toast the bread and rub with a garlic clove cut in half before topping with bruschetta mixture. Top with a pinch of Parmesan if desired and serve immediately.
Notes
Lentils are so easy to cook! Simply pick through to make sure there are no rocks or other objects, rinse the lentils and then cook 1 part lentils in 2 parts water for about 15 minutes or until tender. Cool and store in the fridge. Then to use just drain and rinse and use!

Make this however you like! Of course you can omit the lentils if you'd like, but you can make this as tangy as you like with a little more balsamic vinegar, you can use as much or as little basil as you like and of course, whatever kind of tomatoes you'd like! Romas are wonderful, but whatever fresh tomatoes you have will be great!

 

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1 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I love lentils and bruschetta, so I am totally on board with putting them together. 🙂 This looks delicious!
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2 Chiara September 26, 2013 at 12:41 am

I’m following you from the other side of the ocean.
Great interpretation of a great Italian classic!
I do really love your blog and recipes
Chiara

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3 Heather September 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

Absolutely love the idea of adding lentils to traditional bruschetta! This time of year at the market is my favorite too 🙂
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