Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with lentils and dry peas. In addition to the three recipes that I’ve posted here, I made a fantastic taco salad using seasoned lentils instead of beef (I didn’t post it because the photos were dark and the recipe wasn’t all that fascinating – but I urge you to try it!) and I’m working on a recipe that uses lentils as a filler in lamb sausages. So even thought the challenge is now over, you definitely haven’t seen the last of lentils around here!

As a participant in the US Dry Pea and Lentil Council Blogger Challenge, I was asked to choose my favorite of the three gluten-free pea/lentil recipes that I developed to be entered into a contest. Since I absolutely loved each recipe, deciding on one was really difficult! It was a tough call, but I finally decided on the Lentil and Strawberry Salad with Pepper-Crusted Tuna. I just loved the balance of sweet, spicy, and earthy flavors.

So here’s how the contest works: if I receive more comments on this post than the other participants receive on their final posts, I win a set of Le Crueset Stainless Steel pots. Pretty sweet!

Go check out the other entries. Then – if my recipe is your favorite – come back here and leave a comment letting me know. Or let me know if you preferred one of my other recipes (the lemony lentil patties with massaged kale salad or the chocolate pea-nut butter cookies).

As a final gift, the US Dry Pea and Lentil Council has agreed to send lentil samples to the first 500 people who email their name and address to peasnlentils@edelman.com. (Your information will not be used again or shared with any third parties.)

And now for the winners!! I really loved all of your responses and I wish that I had a prize for everyone. But the winner of the Stainless Steel Le Crueset Casserole with Steamer insert is comment #25, left by Jenn T., who loves to eat tomatoes right off the vine. The Chicago Metallic Winged Cookie Sheet goes to Comment #18, left by Cindy, who loves to make pea soup. I’ll be reaching out to the two of you for your mailing info. Enjoy!

I’ll be back later this week with a great summer drink recipe that you won’t want to miss.