Roasted Shrimp with Green Lentil, Sun-Dried Tomato and Mint Salad
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 small carrot, finely diced
- 1 small celery rib, finely diced
- 1 quart water
- 1 cup French green lentils, rinsed
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 sun-dried tomato halves (not oil-packed)
- 1/4 cup chopped mint
- 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
- Preheat the oven to 425°. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the garlic, onion, carrot and celery and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the water, lentils and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring a few times, until the lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. Set a colander over a large bowl and drain the lentils; transfer the cooking liquid to a cup. Discard the bay leaf.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cover the sun-dried tomatoes with water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool, then cut into 1/4-inch dice.
- In the large bowl, mix the mint with the vinegar, honey and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Stir in the lentils and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in 2 tablespoons of the reserved lentil cooking liquid; add more of the liquid if the lentils seem dry.
- In a 9-inch square baking dish, toss the shrimp with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread the shrimp in the baking dish and roast for about 6 minutes, or until just cooked. Mound the lentil salad on plates, top with the shrimp and drizzle the roasting juices over them.
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