Lentils and goats’ cheese with caramelised walnuts

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Sweet, tangy and earthy flavours combine in this delicious vegetarian lentil stew.

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • ½ tsp finely chopped chives
  • ½ tsp finely chopped mint

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over a medium-low heat and gently fry the onion, carrot and celery for 15 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and fry for another minute, then add the bay leaf, oregano and lentils. Pour in the stock and add the tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30–35 minutes, or until the lentils are starting to break down and make a lovely thick sauce.

  2. Meanwhile, line a baking tray with baking paper. Put the sugar in a pan with 2 tablespoons of water and dissolve over a low heat. Bring to the boil and cook for 4–5 minutes, or until you have a golden-brown caramel, then add the walnuts and mix together to coat. Tip the walnuts onto the prepared tray and leave to cool.

  3. To make the dressing, mix the ingredients together in a bowl.

  4. To serve, spoon the lentils into four warmed bowls, add a scoop of goats’ cheese to each bowl, then top with the caramelised walnuts and some dressing.

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