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Lentil Salad

Easy and healthy this salad is perfect for lunch or as a dinner side dish. Once you discover legume salads you’ll soon start coming up with your own combinations. Arrugula, pecorino and walnuts? Sundried tomatoes, olives and spinach? The possibilities are endless.

All lentils require different cooking times so follow the directions for the type you have bought -- all types are good. Or, you can pop open a can if you’re short on time.

2 cups lentils, cooked or 1 can lentils, drained
2 tablespoons snipped chives
3-4 radishes, sliced thin
8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
a few crumbles of Parmigiano cheese
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon white, red or malt vinegar
salt & freshly ground pepper

Combine dijon, vinegar and a couple pinches of salt in a bowl. Blend until salt dissolves.  Add olive oil and whisk until emulsified. Add all ingredients and toss. Top with a few turns of the pepper grinder.

Reader Comments (7)

Looks yummy and healthy! Thanks for the nice idea :-)
Tuesday, 2 February 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCooking Rookie
That salad looks so fresh and vibrant. Lentil salad is always good to have at anytime of the year. Love the flavors that you've mentioned. I should try that soon.

I do use a D40 but no plans to upgrade yet until I'm really comfortable in taking good photos. :) Which camera are you planning to get?
Tuesday, 2 February 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDivina
I love the colors -- I don't think I've ever combined radishes and lentils.
Tuesday, 2 February 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeatrice
Oooh, I love Lentil salad. The radishes are a unique addition, although I'd have to roast them for my taste. The colors are beautiful though :)
Tuesday, 2 February 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCocina Savant
Looks like we eat alike and think alike - I just had a lentil salad I need to post - Love lentils! the funny thing is mine is not much different than yours :o)
Tuesday, 2 February 2010 | Unregistered Commentercitronetvanille
Very nice, Amber. A simple and tasty recipe with a beautiful photo. My wife the Salad Queen turned me on to lentils many years ago. We could eat them every day. Thanks!
Wednesday, 3 February 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSortachef
I stumbled upon this recipe page today and just made a batch of slow-cooker lentils, coincidental! And I must say this salad really looks great, love the radish, tomatoes, and cheese with the Dijon mustard too.

Thursday, 18 February 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCajun Chef Ryan
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