This hearty salad is good chilled or at room temperature. Dressing the salad in advance gives the lentils time to imbibe the vinaigrette. Prepare and chill in a pretty serving bowl up to a day ahead; store the cooked pancetta separately in the refrigerator. Stir the salad well, and top with pancetta just before serving.
Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2003
Place lentils and bay leaves in a large saucepan. Cover with water to 2 inches above lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 18 minutes or until tender; drain. Discard bay leaves.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; sauté 2 minutes or until browned. Remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon. Add cabbage to drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Combine the lentils and cabbage in a large bowl. Combine vinegar and the remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinaigrette over lentil mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with pancetta just before serving.
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