Shrimp Kebabs with Lentil-Herb Salad

2017-06-18
  • Yield : 4 servings
  • Cook Time : 35m
  • Ready In : 50m
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, picked through and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 16 grape tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow squash, cut into 16 rounds or half-moons just under 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh dill or mint
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Method

Step 1

Combine 5 cups cold water, the lentils, garlic and 2 teaspoons salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape, 20 to 25 minutes, then drain. Remove the garlic halves and mash them with the flat side of a knife. Place the mashed garlic in a large bowl. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the cumin, the lemon juice, a few grinds of pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the drained lentils and toss to coat.

Step 2

Heat a grill pan set over medium-high heat. Place the shrimp in a medium bowl and the tomatoes and squash in another bowl. To each bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Toss to coat. Thread 2 pieces of shrimp, 2 tomatoes and 2 pieces of squash onto each skewer. Rest the kebabs at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Grill the skewers until the shrimp are firm and opaque and the squash are firm-tender, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

Step 4

Fold the dill, parsley and scallions into the lentil salad, then divide among four plates. Top each salad with 2 skewers. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

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