Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Makes 8 cups

Pink lentils add pretty color and texture to this salad. Cook them al dente (like pasta) so they remain firm when tossed with the dressing.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse fennel thoroughly. Trim and discard root end of bulb. Trim stalks from bulb, and chop fronds to equal 1/4 cup; reserve stalks and remaining fronds for another use. Thinly slice bulb, and toss with oranges, pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cover and let stand until ready to use.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cut asparagus tips into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Cut stalks diagonally into thin slices, discarding tough ends.

Step 3

Bring 3 cups water and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain. Pat dry with paper towels.

Step 4

Bring 3 cups water and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil in saucepan over medium heat. Add lentils; return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain well, and rinse with cold water. Toss lentils with 1/4 cup Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette.

Step 5

Combine lettuces, parsley, asparagus, fennel mixture, and fennel fronds in a large bowl; toss with remaining vinaigrette. Spoon lentils onto a serving platter; top with asparagus mixture.

Ratings & Reviews

Dlt52a's Review

June 11, 2013
Made this for a church pot luck. It was great. Did use three oranges and left out lettuce (because was taking to the pot luck and did not want soggy lettuce). Also sprinkled with sunflower seeds when got to the event. Will definitely keep recipe to make for picnics, etc.

beedies's Review

April 03, 2013
loved this salad. I will be making this again. the only thing I changed was adding some sunflower seeds. thank you for sharing!

KLWeitz's Review

March 04, 2013
Yes, with lentils and my husband loved it! A great salad to accompany a meal, especially this time of year. Both satisfying and filling. We made the dressing ahead of time for the flavors to fuse. The mixture of ingredients makes the sales interesting and flavorful. A nice weekend salad for a night when you stay home and cook but still have the great taste of a menu item off a trendy restaurant menu.