Tossed with a zesty homemade vinaigrette, lentils make a tasty, satisfying salad.
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped parsnip
1/2 cup chopped carrot
6 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups dried lentils
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
How to Make It
To prepare vinaigrette, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.
To prepare the salad, cook the parsnip and carrot in 6 cups boiling water for 1 minute or until tender; remove vegetables with a slotted spoon. Add lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender; drain in a colander. Cool.
Combine parsnip, carrot, lentils, celery, onions, and parsley in a bowl; stir in vinaigrette. Marinate at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.
Cooking the lentils for only 15 minutes preserves their shape and texture.
Great salad. Super easy. Had to make lentils for Shepherd's pie but only needed a half cup cooked lentils for the recipe. I used the remaining lentils to make this salad. I used half the dressing for the lentil salad and half for a green salad with shredded cheese. Dinner was a hit.
This recipe is delicious as is. The only change I made was an accident. I only had one lemon and had doubled the recipe, so I used lime juice and leftover light Cranberry Juice to make up the difference. It is appropriate for special occasions for adventurous eaters, as these types of whole grain salads can be an acquired taste.
I threw this away after about 3 bites. The only reason I'm giving two stars instead of one is that I think maybe if I hadn't followed the suggestion to undercook the lentils and had just had mushy lentils, it wouldn't have been quite so bad. Plus, I need to grade on a curve because this recipe did not sound good to me when I first saw it but the reviews were great so I wanted to try it. So maybe it's me, not the recipe.