Quickest steak, lentil and veg salad

Although this meal is quick, everything does sort of happen at the same time, so make sure you’re prepared! In the spirit of speed, I’ll get right to it:

For two servings:

  • 2 x sirloin steak
  • 250g pre-prepared puy lentils
  • 40g walnuts
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • handful of spinach
  • 2 tbsp nut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp red wine veingar
  • 1 tsp runny honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

What to do:

  1. Take the steak out of the fridge so it has time to get to room temperature.
  2. Make the dressing by combining the last 4 ingredients on the list above and put a frying pan on a medium heat.
  3. Slightly crumble the walnuts and add to a frying pan to lightly toast. While they’re cooking, season the steak with salt, pepper, and a little oil.
  4. When the walnuts are toasted, remove them from the pan, give it a quick wipe, and (making sure it’s still hot) add the steak. Cook as preferred – I tend to do about 3 mins on each side and aim for medium rare.
  5. While they’re cooking, roughly chop the onion and tomato
  6. When the steak’s done, remove it from the pan to rest, and, turning the heat up, fry the onion for a couple of minutes then add the tomato and fry for another couple of minutes until charred and softened.
  7. While they’re cooking, heat the lentils and roughly slice the spinach.
  8. Combine everything except the steak onto the serving dish, mixing to encompass the dressing. The quantities above should keep the dressing really light; I didn’t want it to overpower the natural flavours.

This is quite different from the original recipe I was aiming to follow (mainly because parsnips take way too long) but you can switch in any number of vegetables: I included carrots when I made this as I have about a kilgram too much of them at the moment!

You could also omit the steak and you’ll have a tasty salad/side dish which would also go well with fish – or just on it’s own (even cold, the next day) for lunch, perhaps with a bit of chutney or pickle on the side. Mmmm … steak3

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