Baked Pear and Spiced Lentil Salad

Alisha Randell makes a simple and tasty pear and lentil salad that will leave you feeling just right.
By Alisha Randell

Baked Pear Spiced Lentil Salad

This may not be the prettiest dish I ever created, but it sure is at the top of the tasty list. With the melt in your mouth sweetness of the baked pear, and just a slight tartness from the addition of meyer lemon juice… My palate was already doing a happy dance.
Baked Pear and Chi Spiced Lentil Salad
 
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A simple and sweet pear and lentil salad recipe.
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Recipe Type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the tea:
  • 1 flowering tea bulb
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 small vanilla been, split
  • 4-6 cardamon pods, bruised
  • 3 cloves, bruised
  • 1 teaspoon whole pepper corns, cracked
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups or so boiling water
For the lentils:
  • 1 cup dry brown lentils
  • 1¾ cups tea
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
For the baked pears:
  • 2 large pears of your choice
  • 1 meyer lemon, juiced
For the curry nut topping:
  • 2 tablespoons crushed almonds
  • 1 tablespoon crushed sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Vietnamese lemongrass curry powder
  • ⅛th teaspoon dry thyme, crushed
  • 1⅛ teaspoon dry parsley, crushed
  • Freshly ground pepper if desired
Instructions
For the tea:
  1. Bring 2 plus cups of water to a boil and place flowering tea bulb
  2. into a tea pot with a lid of bowl that can be covered. Add spices and
  3. steep for about 10 minutes or so, or until fragrant.
For the lentils:
  1. Clean dry lentils and rinse under cold running water.Add lentils and tea
  2. to a sauce pan over medium heat to just below a boil. Reduce heat
  3. and simmer 20-25 minutes adding more tea or water if needed.
  4. Once lentils are done place coconut into a sauté pan over
  5. medium heat until hot. Add prepared lentils and seasonings
  6. sauté for a few minutes stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to
  7. low and keep warm.
For the baked pears:
  1. Slice pears in half lengthwise removing stem and core area
  2. with a spoon creating a bit of a bowl area.
  3. Slice a small bit off of each half on the backside so that they sit
  4. flatly in a baking dish. Squeeze fresh meyer lemon juice over each.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes
  6. or until just fork tender.
For the curry nut topping:
  1. Place all ingredients into a mortar and pestle and lightly
  2. crush together, tossing to insure even incorporation.
  3. Scoop lentils into the pears and top with curry nut mixture.
  4. Serve warm.
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