Lentils may seem like an odd choice in the summer, but quite honestly, I’ve been eating a lot of them lately. You saw I braised them with vegetables here, and I had some lentil soup the other day, even though it was quite warm out. But if you’re not into hot lentils during hot months, you may be a little more into this cool lentil salad.
This is a nice change of pace from the usual potato and pasta salads of summer. It’s heartier, full of fiber, and healthy. It’s great as a dinner side or as a stand-alone lunch. I’ve used Mediterranean ingredients here, all of which are pantry staples for me. This would be equally great with fresh tomatoes in place of the sundried ones and some roasted red peppers, too.
This salad is best served at room temperature, but cold leftovers are just as good.
Mediterranean Lentil Salad
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1.5 cups lentils
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup sliced sundried tomatoes
1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1 shallot, minced
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil
3 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Bring a pot of water and the bay leaf to a boil. Rinse and pick over the lentils, and then add them to the boiling water. Cook until soft, about 20-25 minutes.
Drain the lentils and set aside to cool slightly. Toss with the sundried tomatoes, olives and parsley.
Whisk together the shallot, red wine vinegar and dijon. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking constantly until the dressing emulsifies. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the slightly warm lentils and mix to combine. Top with goat cheese crumbles. Serve at room temperature.