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Sep 9, 2009 12:30 PM

Lentil Salad?

I bought a package of pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joes, and now I'm at a loss as to what to make with it. I'm thinking a lentil salad, but haven't found a recipe that inspires me. Something Mediterranean-ish, not spicy as I want to serve it for company and don't think spicy would work for this group.

Does anyone have a good recipe they can share? Or is it really just a matter of adding my favorite vinaigrette and some veggies?


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  1. For an easy salad, you could make a garlicky red wine vinaigrette and toss the lentils with the dressing, some chopped red onions and chopped Italian parsley. If you like olives, chop some of those and throw them in. You could also add some feta and toasted pine nuts. Toss the salad w/the dressing ahead of time to let the flavors meld. wou

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    1. re: nomadchowwoman

      Yeah- this is definitely one of those dishes where you could just riff on the theme without really worrying about it. A constant would be the vinaigrette, onion, and fresh herbs (parsley, mint, marjoram, chives, etc.) for me. I also love adding the feta crumbled on top.

      Lately I've been adding cubed, roasted sweet potatoes to the mix- along the lines of what I've had from a local Lebanese restaurant, as well as some cumin and a touch of cinnamon to the dressing. The sweetness is a nice touch, and I like the flavors better than adding raisins, which I've done in the past.

    2. If they are the beluga lentils, they are not all that tender and can benefit from a little more cooking. I put them in soup toward the end - they add visual interest. Last time it was kielbasa/cabbage/apple/onion soup with orzo, which uses a chicken broth.

      1. I have taken that lentil package and added a grain (any cooked grain) and finely chopped red pepper, carrot, celery, fresh herbs. I have made a lemon vinagarette... very yummy, to me at least. serve slightly warm as in don't cool down the grains after cooking.

        Great with a poached egg on top.

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        1. re: Allice98

          I forgot onion! I add in some raw onion... red

        2. My, er Jeff Smiths, old standby is easy to get addicted to. Easy and FN quick. Good in hot weather.
          Lentils, lemon juice, green onions, Done! Optionally a little spice, garlic.

          Be sure to let it chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

          1. lentils,chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, feta and red onions. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Devour.