Lentil Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

by angelika on June 16, 2011

Fast and easy is the name of the game with this salad, but it definitely tasted like you slaved away. I prefer this salad cold, but it would be great as a warm dish too. I am a huge fan of lentils in general, but when they are cooked al dente and made into a salad, it just works for me on a whole different level. I felt so fulfilled by this meal, and it traveled well as a work lunch for me the next day. I could see this salad being great over a bed of lettuce, or warm with steamed rice. Very versatile. 

Lentil Salad
4 cups cooked lentils
1 tomato, diced 
2 scallions, diced
4 fingerling or baby yukon gold potatoes (about 1 cup diced)
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, minced
1/4 lb crumbled gorgonzola
dressing:
1/4 cup minced shallot
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Boil two cups of lentils covered in water that comes at least two inches above the lentils. Cook until cooked through, but al dente. About 20 minutes. When they are done drain them and place the warm lentils in a large bowl. In a separate small pot boil the potatoes until the are soft. 
While the lentils are cooking place the minced shallot in the vinegar and let it sit for 20 minutes. This turns the shallot a pretty pink color and tempers the flavor. When the lentils are done whisk the mustard and then the olive oil into the shallot vinegar.  Salt and pepper to taste. 

In the bowl with the lentils add all the other ingredients except the cheese. You can absolutely leave the cheese out if you want to make this vegan. Dress the lentils with about half the dressing, or to your liking.  Add the cheese and then salt and pepper to taste. 

You can eat it straight away, or let the salad sit in the refrigerator until you are ready for it. Delicious either way, and even better the next day. The extra dressing can freshen up any leftovers, or you can use it on another salad within a week. 
A votre santé! 

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Maryann July 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

This sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing. I have been trying to find some different recipes using lentils. Thanks!!

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