A Contest, Winners & Lentils for Everybody!

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.


  1. Heather says:

    that salad looks fantastic! And I love the idea of using lentils for a sausage filler, so clever.

  2. Rana Elizabeth says:

    Ya know, I’ve never cooked with lentils, ever. I think I might try some of your recipes though, I’m always looking for non-meat dishes. I like the idea of using them in tacos as that’s something we make at least once a week and they can get boring.

  3. I’ve never tried lentils, and I’m always up for something new, so I’m excited to try and get some to try out for free!

    Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com

  4. I like the addition of strawberries here, a great pairing of this salad and the pepper crusted tuna. Good luck with the contest.

  5. jacquie says:

    always looking for more ways to use lentils – thanks. i actually wouldn’t try your dish (sorry) as i don’t eat fish but would try one of the veggish versions. i’m especially intrigued by the rasberry cake since i don’t think of lentils in terms of “sweet” things so would most likely try that 1st.

  6. red lentils are my favorite

  7. I’m new to your site! Your recipes look amazing! Cant wait to try some. Hope you win!

  8. I love the idea of the lentil and strawberry salad… such a unique combo of flavors! Good luck!

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