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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.

            1. I like a very mustardy vinaigrette (tossed w the lentil while still warm if possible), shallots, small diced red pepper, crumbled feta, red onion . . . could toss in some capers if you like. For me the key to a lentil salad is to dice everything small b/c the lentils are so small.

              1. Thanks for all the tips, especially about maybe having to cook them extra and keeping everything diced small. I was sure I was overthinking it. I've got most of the ingredients, even the feta (which I love, love love) so it should be a snap to make.

                Thanks again!

                1. Cauliflower and lentil salad scented orange

                  1 small cauliflower, 250 g lentils, 1 orange
                  For the emulsion: olive oil, salt and pepper, juice of half an orange, wild fennel


                  Place the lentils in cold water with some celery and a clove of garlic, place them on low heat and cook remembering to add salt at the end.
                  Cooking times vary (from 30 minutes to an hour) depending on the type of lens used (small and large, etc).
                  Once cooked, drain and keep warm. You can use pre-cooked lentils :)

                  Boil the cauliflower florets previously washed.

                  Prepare the emulsion. Wipe the inside of a bowl with a clove of garlic, add the juice of half an orange, salt, pepper and wild fennel, chopped (you can use in lieu of fennel green beard). Emulsified with 6 tablespoons of oil.

                  Peel orange and cut into slices. Put in a bowl along with the cauliflower florets, drain lentils, emulsion .

                  You can watch the picture here:

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                  1. re: cosmopolita

                    Thank you, that's a great recipe idea! And what a beautiful blog and photos! Tho I grew up in an Italian/Jewish neighborhood, I never learned the language beyond a few necessary phrases.

                    1. re: rednails

                      cosmopolita is so right--orange goes wonderfully with lentils.

                      1. re: rednails

                        And I never learned the English language. I'm trying now.
                        Thank you :)

                        1. re: cosmopolita

                          You're doing quite well! I'd love to read your blog in English!

                          1. re: rednails

                            Thank you :)
                            If you want there is translator at the top right, just choose the language. Soon I hope to write directly in English.