The grilled variations on this dish are endless. Green beans, slices of pumpkin and eggplant, capsicum and fennel are all delicious with the zesty dressing.
Mint and Pine Nut Dressing
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
finely grated zest 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons mint leaves, thinly sliced
4 medium zucchini, sliced lengthways ½ cm thick
2 bunches slim asparagus, tough ends snapped off
sea salt and ground pepper
1 cup thick plain yoghurt
400-gram tin brown lentils, drained and rinsed
125 grams baby mozzarella, drained (we used Clevedon Valley Buffalo)
chilli flakes for sprinkling
Mint and Pine Nut Dressing: Whisk the oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice together and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the pine nuts and mint just before serving.
Vegetables: Brush the zucchini and asparagus with oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a preheated flat barbecue plate or in a hot frying pan until lightly golden and still with a little bite to them. Transfer to kitchen towels.
To serve: Spread the yoghurt on a large platter and scatter over the lentils. Layer up the zucchini and asparagus and add the mozzarella. Add the pine nuts and mint to the dressing, then drizzle everything with the dressing and a sprinkle of chilli flakes.
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