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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Description

"With most salads, you pour the dressing on at the end and coat the dish from the outside in," says Rebecca Katz, whose Mediterranean Lentil Salad was served in the Bastyr Dining Commons for her Cancer-Fighting Kitchen workshop in September 2011. "But in this salad, the lentils cool off in the fridge in a bath of dressing — in this case olive oil, vinegar, lemon and cumin. They absorb all of this wonderful flavor, which is heightened by the addition of red bell pepper, kalamata olives, parsley and mint."

Ingredients

1 cup
dried lentils, French Le Puy (see Additional Notes)
2  
bay leaves
1 clove
garlic, peeled and bruised
1⁄4 tsp
dried oregano
1⁄2 tsp
sea salt (divided)
1  
cinnamon stick (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
1⁄4 cup
extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp
brown rice vinegar
2 tbsp
lemon juice
1 tsp
lemon zest
1⁄2 tsp
ground cumin
1 medium
red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 small
cucumber, seeded and diced small
1⁄4 cup
Kalamata olives, rinsed and sliced
3 tbsp
chopped mint
3 tbsp
chopped parsley
2 oz
feta cheese (optional)

Instructions

Rinse the lentils well and place in a saucepan with bay leaves, bruised garlic clove, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt and cinnamon stick. Cover with water or broth by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the lentils are tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain.

In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, zest, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Toss the vinaigrette with the lentils, red bell pepper, cucumbers, olives, mint and parsley in a mixing bowl. Let sit 20 minutes. (If using feta, keep in a separate dish until ready to serve.)

Transfer to a large serving bowl or individual plates and serve at room temperature.

Notes

Note: LePuy lentils are resilient little things that hold their shape well throughout the cooking process, making them perfect for a salad.

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Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Yield
Servings
SourceReprinted with permission from Rebecca Katz (The Cancer-Fighting Cookbook and One Bite at a Time)
Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Total time
1 hour