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Bread Line Lentil Salad

(recipe, Katie Hickey)

Introduction

One of my favorite lentil recipes. Serve alone or on top of mixed greens.

Ingredients

  1. 8 oz. French green lentils
  2. 2 bay leaves
  3. 1 sprig fresh thyme
  4. 1 carrot, finely chopped
  5. 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  6. 2 Tbsp. minced shallots
  7. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  8. 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. Vinaigrette Dressing (below)
  11. 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  12. Vinaigrette:
  13. ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  14. 1 Tbsp. minced shallot or red onion
  15. 3 tsp. Dijon mustard
  16. 1 tsp. salt
  17. 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  18. Olive oil to taste (the recipe I used called for a whole cup, but I used WAY less and just drizzled it in until it cut the vinegar to a good flavor)

Steps

  1. In medium saucepan, combine lentils, bay leaves, thyme, carrot, celery, shallot, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft. Cover with water by 1-inch and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until lentils are just tender but still firm (15-20 minutes). Drain and discard the bay leaves and thyme. Place lentil mixture in a big bowl and set aside to cool to room temp.
  2. Once lentils are completely cool, mix in the chopped parsley and add just enough Vinaigrette to lightly dress (you won't use all of it). Adjust seasoning to taste. Fold in feta cheese just before serving.