Protein-packed black beluga lentils are tossed with herbs then spooned on crispy toasts topped with crème fraîche and pickled peaches to create this eye-appealing starter course.


  • Pickled Peach:

  • 2 tbsps (40ml) white wine vinegar

  • 2 tsps sugar

  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard Seed

  • 1 ripe peach, pitted and finely chopped

  • Black Beluga Lentil Toasts:

  • 1/2 cup dried black beluga lentils

  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water

  • 1 tsp McCormick ground Sea Salt

  • 1 tbsp (20ml) extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tbsps finely chopped fresh chives, divided

  • 1/2 tsp McCormick Thyme leaves

  • 1/2 cup (125ml) crème fraîche

  • 24 thin baguette slices, toasted


  • 1.

    For the Pickled Peach, bring vinegar, sugar and mustard seed to simmer in small saucepan on medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes to cool. Pour over chopped peach in small bowl; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.

  • 2.

    Meanwhile, for the Lentil Toasts, rinse and drain lentils. Place lentils, water and sea salt in small saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and uncover. Cool to room temperature in remaining liquid. Drain.

  • 3.

    Mix drained lentils, oil, 1 tbsp of the chives and thyme in medium bowl until blended. To serve, spread about 1 tsp crème fraîche on toasted baguette slice. Top with about 1 tbsp lentil mixture and 1 tsp Pickled Peach. Garnish with remaining chives.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 78kj
  • Fat Total 1g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Protein 3g
  • Carbohydrate 12g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Sodium 158mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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  • Black beluga lentils are small, shiny black when cooked - resembling caviar. They have a mild, earthy flavour and soft texture. They are most commonly found dried in health food stores, the organic section of some gourmet supermarkets or online specialty stores.

This recipe was provided by McCormick

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