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FRENCH LENTIL SALAD WITH ROASTED ONIONS & CARROTS

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Ingredients

  • Serves 4-6:
  • 1 cup French lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced in half
  • 3-4 sun dried tomatoes, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • feta cheese (as much or as little as you like)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or a little less)
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (the best kind you can get)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • optional: toasted pine nuts, walnuts or pecans

Instructions

1

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

2

Place the sliced onions with the carrots on the side on a baking sheet. Pour the 1/4 cup olive oil and toss the vegetables around so that they are all coated. Roast for about 20 minutes or until the onions turn golden, Some will become a little brown. Don't worry.

3

Rinse the lentils and place them in a saucepan with about 6 cups water, the bay leaf and about 1 teaspoon of salt.

4

Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 15-20 minutes. The lentils will be cooked but still firm. This salad tastes better if the lentils do not get overcooked and mushy.... So take care not to over cook them.

5

Make the dressing while the lentils are boiling and the veggies are roasting. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, salt and oregano with both peppers.

6

Drain the lentils and add them to the salad dressing while still warm. Toss them around to coat and so that they absorb all of the flavor.

7

Add the chopped parsley with the chopped sun dried tomatoes. Toss.

8

When the onions and carrots are done roasting, chop the carrots into chunks and add to the salad.

9

Arrange the lentil salad on a plate or bowl. Add the roasted onions on top and the feta all around the salad.

10

Enjoy!

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