We haven't really had spring this year in Provence - a very mild winter and then all of a sudden it was summer, glorious summer! So once again we live on the patio and eat lots of fruits and salads. This recipe was very generously given to me by our friends Olli and Sabine who sadly live in Vaison only part time - sadly, because they are great cooks and I love to share recipes with them!
For 4 persons you need:
250 g Puy lentils
100 g sundried tomatoes
1 small zucchini
2 spring onions
2 cloves fresh garlic
a piece of chorizo sausage - about 5 cm long
3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
7 tbsp olive oil
Pepper fresh from the mill, salt to taste
Cook the lentils in fresh water (no salt added!) until al dente, drain and let cool.
Now starts the boring part: cut up all ingredients (except for the lentils, of course) into really small, even cubes, the smaller the better.
Very quickly sautée the zucchini cubes in some oilive oil, drain and let cool. In a hot but dry pan, quickly fry the chorizo cubes to release some of the fat - drain the cubes, discard the fat.
Toss together all ingredients, add the balsamic vinegar and the best olive oil you can find. Pepper and salt to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and leave for at least a few hours for the flavors to mingle and develop. Garnish with a few basil leaves and serve with crusty bread. Don't forget a nice glass of red (or two....)!