Mediterranean Lentil Salad
- Ready In:
- 1 cup brown lentils or 1 cup green lentil
- 4 cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1⁄3 cup sun-dried tomato (not packed in oil)
- boiling water
- 1⁄2 cup diced celery
- 1⁄2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1⁄4 cup minced red onion
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1⁄3 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground fennel
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- Rinse the lentils thoroughly.
- Add lentils, water, bay leaves, thyme, and garlic to a medium saucepan; bring the mixture to boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring frequently.
- In a small bowl, add the sun-dried tomatoes and boiling water to cover; set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the celery, bell peppers, onions, and parsley.
- In another smaller bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth.
- When the sun-dried tomatoes are softened, drain them, mince them and add to the vegetables.
- Drain the lentils, discarding the bay leaves.
- Add the lentils and dressing to the vegetables; toss to coat.
- Serve immediately or cover, chill and serve later.
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This is an excellent salad for people, and I am one of them, who like the licoricey flavor of fennel, and also are very fond of parsley. I made the dressing as given here, and cooked the lentils (brown ones) according to the recipe. I did make a few additions and substitutions in the vegetables - green onion for the red, and daikon instead of celery. I also added thinly sliced cucumber and a fresh tomato. I found a few hours in the fridge made the flavor even better, with the flavors mixing and mellowing. Thank you very much for sharing another fine recipe with us.