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The Platypus Kitchen and Lentil Salad Recipe

Posted on May 14, 2018

What’s the number one thing people expect on a wine tour? Scratch that – what’s the second thing? Delicious food of course! Platypus Wine Tours, a favorite for visiting Napa wineries and Sonoma wineries, is proud to be the only wine tour company that offers guests fresh food right from our kitchen. Our culinary team prepares tasty eats and packs them up for your tour.

Whether you’re visiting Napa wineries, Sonoma wineries, or anything in between, you’re guaranteed to have a delicious picnic when you book with Platypus. We make sure to accommodate dietary restrictions including gluten free diet, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, and food allergies. We do our best to review each guest’s itinerary and if you’re with us for more than one day, talk to us about requesting a different plate. Our private tours also feature a special lunch menu.

At Platypus Wine Tours, our culinary team tends to go above and beyond for our guests. For the past season we’ve been serving a tasty Lentil Salad while visiting gorgeous Napa wineries and touring through the Valley… and we constantly get the same question: WHAT’S THE RECIPE?! So without further ado… The French Lentil Salad

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FRENCH LENTIL SALAD *Gluten Free / Dairy-free / Vegan*

Yield: Makes 4

What you’ll need:

2 Tbsp plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 red wine vinegar

1 red onion, small diced

2 carrots, small diced

2 stalk celery, small diced

2 cups French green lentils, rinsed

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp lemon juice and the zest of the lemon

1 cup chopped Italian parsley

1 Bay leaf

5 springs of fresh thyme

What to do:

In a pot add lentils, thyme, bay leaf and cover with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender about 20 minutes. Drain and season with salt and pepper. Discard thyme and bay leaf, let cool.

In a medium saucepan, heat 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Add onions cook until translucent then add carrot and celery. Cook stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, parsley and whisk to combine. Add lentils, vegetables, toss to combine and season to taste. It should have a nice balance of vinegar and lemon.

Is your tummy grumbling?

Ours too. Pairing wine and food is quite a journey. Touring Napa wineries and Sonoma wineries just got a lot more spectacular with our delicious menus!

Platypus Wine Tours wants to feed you!

Join us on one of our many adventures to Napa wineries and more! Enjoy a journey through taste and history. There are many Napa wineries and Sonoma wineries, so let Platypus guide you to the ones that will create unforgettable moments. With delicious food and world-class wine, you can’t go wrong with a Platypus Tour.

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