Warm Pigeon & Green Lentil Salad

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Serves2 people
Warm Pigeon & Green Lentil Salad

We’re totally lentil about wild pigeon, which is lucky because they go perfectly with this easy salad.

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  • 1 shallot
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp + a splash of olive oil
  • A 400g tin of green lentils
  • 250g wild pigeon breasts
  • A handful of chervil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt & freshly ground pepper

Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 20 mins

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1. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Peel and finely dice the carrot. Finely grate the zest off the lemon. Juice the lemon.
2. Warm a splash of olive oil in a pan. Add the shallot and carrot. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 mins. Stir often, till the veg have started to soften.
3. Drain the lentils. Add to the veg. Stir everything together.
4. Add the lemon zest and juice with a splash of water. Gently heat for 5 mins or so till the lentils are warmed through. Stir every so often.
5. In a frying or griddle pan, warm another splash of olive oil. Add the pigeon. Fry for 2 mins. Turn over. Fry for 2 more mins. Pop on a board. Cover with foil to rest for 5 mins.
6. Finely chop the chervil. Stir most of it into the lentils
7. Whisk the vinegar with 2 tbsp oil and some seasoning. Add to the lentils. Taste. Adjust the seasoning. Serve the lentils with the sliced pigeon breasts and remaining chervil on top.
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really lovely tasting dish. We used whole pigeon instead of just the breast and roasted that which worked fabulously - Yum


The pigeon breasts are so meaty and filling, we shared them out between 3 of us. The lentils complement the meat.