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Lentil Salad with Soft-Cooked Eggs

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield Serves 6
Green lentils keep a firm texture even after cooking, a desirable trait for this hearty salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups dried petite green lentils
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 8 cups baby arugula

Nutrition Information

  • calories 282
  • fat 15.9 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 6.8 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 15.9 g
  • carbohydrate 27.5 g
  • fiber 7.3 g
  • cholesterol 186 mg
  • iron 3.9 mg
  • sodium 393 mg
  • calcium 102 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place lentils in a medium saucepan. Cover with water to 3 inches above lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain and keep warm.

  2. Add water to a large saucepan to a depth of 3 inches; bring to a boil. Add eggs; boil 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Drain. Plunge eggs into ice water; let stand 5 minutes. Drain and peel.

  3. Combine oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Set aside 2 tablespoons oil mixture. Add lentils, bell pepper, onions, and celery to remaining oil mixture; toss gently to coat. Place reserved 2 tablespoons oil mixture and arugula in a large bowl; toss to coat.

  4. Place about 3/4 cup lentil mixture and about 1 cup arugula mixture on each of 6 plates. Cut eggs in half lengthwise; top each serving with 2 egg halves. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

Cook's Notes

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