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French Lentil Shiitake Salad


Prep time:                       20 minutes

Prep notes: 

Cooking time:               35 minutes

Yields:                                   8 people



2 cups French lentils
4 cups water
8-inch piece wakame
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 medium parsnips, chopped
8 to 10 dried shiitake mushrooms
2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
4 cloves diced garlic
1 bunch chopped scallion
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup dried, coarsely chopped chestnuts



  • Wash lentils.
  • Fill a sauce pan with water. Add lentils and wakame and bring to a boil.
  • Add thyme and rosemary.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes over low heat.
  • Uncover and add chopped parsnip.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 more minutes.
  • Soak mushrooms for 3 minutes and cut into quarters.
  • Transfer lentils into a big bowl; add mushrooms, tamari, garlic, scallion, basil, olive oil and black pepper.
  • Mix well and top with chestnuts.
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