Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

This is a French inspired lentil salad. It is great warm or cold. It is also great served on its own, or over a bed of rice or salad greens. This dish is quick, easy, nutritious, vegan, gluten-free, inexpensive and great for lunch or dinner.

-1 lb lentils, rinsed
-2 tsp salt, divided use
-1 bay leaf
-4 cloves garlic, divided use
-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/2 c red wine vinegar
-1/4 c olive oil
-2 tsp Dijon mustard
-2 tsp Italian seasoning
-1/2 tsp pepper

Place lentils in a medium pot and cover with water by 2-3 inches. Add 1 tsp salt, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and 3 cloves of garlic- peeled but left whole. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until lentils are tender.  While lentils are cooking whisk together remaining tsp of salt, clove of garlic- minced, vinegar, olive oil, Dijon, Italian seasoning and pepper. toss drained lentils with vinaigrette and serve immediately or chill until serving.

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