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Hunting the Wild Mushroom

If you are unsure and would first like to taste the unique flavors of wild mushrooms, you might find them for sale at your farmers’ market, local mycological society, or even online. Although there are many ways to prepare them in recipes, here is a favorite I created to help get you started.

Wild Mushroom Lentil Salad
Serves 4

  • ½ small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cubed
  • 4 small red onions, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 clove elephant garlic, peeled, julienned
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup assorted dried or wild mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs. butter plus 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked French lentils
  • 4 oz. organic goat’s feta cheese
  • Sea salt
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped

1. Place the butternut, onion, and garlic in a medium size bowl.
2. Drizzle with half the oil and a small amount of salt. Mix to coat well.
3. Spread on a well-oiled baking sheet and place in a pre-heated 400-degree oven.
4. Roast until squash is tender, about 20 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, in a skillet, sauté the mushrooms and elephant garlic in the butter plus oil for about 3 minutes. Set aside.
6. Prepare the Anchovy dressing (see below).
7. When squash is done, assemble on 4 plates: squash, onion, and French lentils.
8. Drizzle anchovy dressing over the vegetables, top with the mushrooms, then the feta cheese, and finally the walnuts.
9. Serve while squash is still warm.

Anchovy Dressing
Yields 4 servings

  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 anchovies (more as needed)

Place ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate when not using.



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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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8:26PM PDT on May 15, 2013

Good article!

1:58PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Thank you Delia, for Sharing this!

2:42PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012


10:13PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

This is popular thing in Finland and I have now lots of wild mushrooms in store!

8:55AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Thanks for the article

9:00PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

Delightful, I have tried this and lived! One has to be absolutely certain. In parts of France they have pharmacists on hand who identify all picked mushrooms that people have collected, the pickers get the official verdict, oui or non!

8:55PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

i would love to go mushroom hunting sounds fun and informative! thanks for the recipe too...sounds delicious!

2:17AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

great article, thanks!

4:15PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

interesting, don't think I would go mushroom hunting though, too much risk

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