Lentil salad has become a regular part of our lunches, and I probably make it monthly. It is super healthy and high in protein. You can improvise with this to make this your own by making choices about the kind of vegetables, nuts, cheese, even the oil in the vinaigrette. Don't be scared off by the length of the recipe. It isn't difficult.
This salad keeps well in the refrigerator for around 5 days.
LENTILS: It is very important that you use on French indigo lentils or black lentils in this salad. Green and brown lentils will lose their shape and your salad will look like something your cat regurgitated. French indigo, also called de puy, lentils are my favorite. They are pretty and taste great. If you can't find them in your local supermarket, try the natural food shop or a gourmet grocery. Whole Foods carries them in their bulk food area. You can also order them online.
FETA AND CHÈVRE: Apologies in advance to my Greek friends, but the best feta I've found is Pastures of Eden Israeli feta, which you can buy at Trader Joe's. Love this stuff! They also carry a great chèvre at a very reasonable price. It is made by Laura Chenel and sold under the Trader Joe's label. Although you've probably noticed that I'm a huge Trader Joe's fan, I have no financial interest in the company. See photos below of these products.
PARSLEY: That pretty curly stuff is good only as a garnish. It's practically flavorless. Always use Italian flat leaf parsley in your cooking.
IF USING WATER to cook the lentils, add about 1/2 t. of salt after cooking for 15 minutes.
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