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    Crunchy Lentil Salad

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    KLHquilts's Note:

    Taken and adapted from Jeanne Lemlin's "Quick Vegetarian Pleasures" -- a superb cookbook that should be in every kitchen! This salad is so much more yummy than you might think from the list of in gredients ....

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    1. 1
      Combine lentils, water and bay leaf in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered for 15 minutes (or until lentils are tender but crunchy). Drain thoroughly.
    2. 2
      Mix lentils with minced celery, carrot, onion and parsley. NOTE: This salad is much better if you make sure all vegetables are finely diced; the flavors blend much better than if you've used a regular-to-large dice.
    3. 3
      Mix the dressing: Mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour over lentils and toss.
    4. 4
      You can serve this right away, but the flavors blend beautifully if you refrigerate for a day or two. Serve at room temperature.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 27, 2009


      Love this salad, great to have in the fridge for quick meals. I agree about the baby beluga/ black lentils-- they are perfect for this. Colors are festive, and the black lentils hold their shape so well. Trader Joes has excellent precooked baby belugas which make the recipe even faster & easier. After letting the salad marinate overnight in the fridge, I corrected the seasoning with lots more lemon juice and more cumin. I would never had thought to use cumin, but it's PERFECT and brings the whole dish together. Great salad, looks festive over baby greens. Now a staple!

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    • on April 13, 2009


      This is so good. Much better than you would think it would be. I followed the recipe exactly and it was wonderful. I chopped everything in my mini- chopper.

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    • on March 16, 2009


      I changed the recipe a bit so I'm not sure I should even be rating, but as a base, this was just wonderful. I left out the cumin (personal preference) and added in a yellow bell pepper and a cucumber. I grated the carrot and fine-diced everything else and the result was great.

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    Nutritional Facts for Crunchy Lentil Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (285 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 200.7
    Calories from Fat 124
    Total Fat 13.8 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 620.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.1 g
    Sugars 3.0 g
    Protein 5.2 g

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