Here’s a light soup for all seasons. In summer, serve it cool or at room temperature to refresh; in winter, serve it hot to nourish. It’s delicious with grilled bread topped with crushed oily black olives and sprinkled with oregano.
This soup is even better when you add another green to the chard. In early spring I combine chard and dandelions; in summer, chard and arugula; in winter, chard and spinach.
Use any lentil you like. For me, the most savory is the small Spanish pardina lentil, available through Phipps Ranch or the small brown lentils available at Middle Eastern and Indian groceries.
A potato, cut paper-thin so it will dissolve, is cooked along with the lentils to thicken the soup and give it a rich creamy texture.
|1||cup dark mini-lentils, such as Spanish pardina or Egyptian, Ethiopian, or Indian whole masoor dal|
|2||qt. light chicken stock (optional)|
|1||medium potato, peeled and sliced paper thin|
|1||cup chopped onion|
|3||Tbsp. olive oil|
|8||large Swiss chard leaves|
|1||lb. leafy greens, such as spinach, dandelions, arugula, watercress, beet greens, kale, or a mixture|
|¼||cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves|
|1||Tbsp. minced garlic|
|⅓||cup freshly squeezed lemon juice|
This content is from the book Mediterranean Grains and Greens by Paula Wolfert.
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