The book of Secret tells us to put our wishes out in the universe.
I do that all the time. I am a BIG dreamer. I dream day and night.
I sometimes right them down. I build vision boards. I put them up and look at them and dream more…
One of my most favorite dreams is to have my own Café one day.
Here is all you need to know about my “dream” Café:
- It is called “Naughty Pine Café”.
- Only open for breakfast and lunch.
- Located in a happy neighborhood in Seattle (or Santa Barbara).
- Have only 10 dark wood tables with 20 chairs. Small, cozy place with wood walls.
- Offers “To Go” food but if you want you can sit, relax and enjoy your quick meal.
- Offers really good coffee… It smells like coffee as you enter in.
- Jazz is playing in the background.
- Very happy young (or young at soul) people are working in my Café …
- Pictures of some of the Nature photos from our vacations. Like mountains, rivers, oceans, trees…etc.
- Great spot if you want to make friends or just read your book.
- Offers great food. A menu full of healthy soups, sandwiches and salads. For sweets we offer my ultimate chocolate cake and oatmeal cookies.
- Most popular salad is “Lentil Salad with Kalamata Olives and Feta Cheese”.
As you can see I have quite an imagination… Well a girl can dream…right?
Seriously though… If I really had a Café I would put this on the menu and I know for a fact that it would be a best seller. You know why? Because every time I make this salad although it offers 4 servings, my husband and I finish it like it is 2 servings. I definitely have the potential to finish it by myself like it is 1 serving. No joke!
This is the kind of salad all cafés need in their menus.
You need French Du Puy lentils for this salad. They are from the Auvergne Region in France. As they are less starchy than the regular green lentils, they retain their shape even after cooking. This is important because with regular green lentils you end up with a mushy and muddy mixture of what used be lentils.
There is no need to pre-soak them but I definitely recommend spreading them out on a plate and checking for small stones and debris. Once it is free of any debris you can simply place them in a strainer and wash under cool running water.
What makes this recipe so good is the French Du Puy lentils.Every café needs a little Frenchness and this salad does a very good job of doing that.
I also highly recommend that you use a good quality olive oil as it makes a huge difference.
As you make this salad I am going to continue to dream about my Café.
You should dream too. I promise it feels fantastic!
Lentil Salad with Olives and Feta Cheese
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
- 1 cup French du Puy lentils, picked over and rinsed
- 1 cup vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
- 2 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and left as whole
- 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves, rinsed and torn into smaller pieces
- ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Place the lentils in a saucepan along with the vegetable stock, water, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Let it come to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat down to low and let is simmer for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are cooked.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the olive oil white wine vinegar in a large salad bowl. Add in the red onion and mint leaves.
- Fish out the garlic and bay leaf out of the saucepan and drain the lentils.
- Transfer the warm lentils into the salad bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Give it a gentle toss. Add in the crumbled feta.
- Taste for seasoning and add if necessary.
- Serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 3 cups