2Spanish onions, cut into wedges2 tbspolive oil 60 ml (¼ cup)red wine vinegar2 tbspthyme300 gmsmall black lentils (see note)2king brown or Swiss brown mushrooms, shaved on a mandolin or thinly sliced60 gmfirm ricotta, coarsely crumbled, plus extra to serve Herb dressing80 ml (1/3 cup)extra-virgin olive oil 60 ml (¼ cup)red wine vinegar¼ cup finely chopped mixed soft herbs (such as flat-leaf parsley, mint and basil)1anchovy fillet, finely chopped1 tbspbaby capers in brine, rinsed, finely chopped½ tbsp eachfinely chopped rosemary and thyme½ garlic clove, finely chopped½ tspDijon mustard
Preheat oven to 180C. Heat a char-grill pan over medium-high heat, drizzle onion wedges with oil and grill, turning once, until charred (4-5 minutes each side). Transfer to a roasting tray, drizzle with vinegar, scatter with thyme and season to taste. Roast until tender (20-25 minutes), then set aside.
Meanwhile, cook lentils in boiling water until tender (15-18 minutes), drain well, spread on a tray and set aside to cool.
For herb dressing, place ingredients in a bowl, whisk to combine and season to taste.
Combine lentils, onion, mushroom and ricotta in a bowl, drizzle with herb dressing, season to taste and toss to combine. Serve topped with extra crumbled ricotta.
Note Small black lentils are available from select grocers and delicatessens. If they’re unavailable, substitute small green lentils.
This recipe is from the March 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.