Baby Spinach and Lentil Salad
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- 1 cup dried brown lentils
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 medium white onion, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup kalamata olive, chopped
- 1⁄2 medium green bell pepper, diced
- 2 medium roma tomatoes, diced
- 1⁄2 medium carrot, scrubbed and shredded
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano (Greek if you have it.)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 10 ounces Baby Spinach
- Sort and wash lentils, place in a pan with bay leaf, cinnamon stick and stock.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain, discarding the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
- While the lentils are cooking, place the minced garlic and onion in a small skillet adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of the lentil cooking liquid; cook the onions and garlic until soft and lightly browned.
- Place the lentils in a large bowl adding the olives through parsley; stir in cooked onion and garlic.
- Combine the fennel seeds, oregano and red pepper flakes, crushing to release the flavors; add to the lentil mixture.
- Drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil.
- Add feta cheese and mix to combine, season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Chill for several hours before serving.
- Divide the salad greens among chilled plates and top with lentil salad mixiture.
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I finally got around to making this, and we were not disappointed! I made it with a few modifications: one whole onion, no garlic, no olives, one whole green pepper, a pint of cherry tomatoes (halved) instead of the roma, caraway for the fennel, basil for the oregano. Thanks for a delicious, and nutritious summer meal.