Served warm, this dish is tangy and satisfying. It makes a great side kick to chicken, fish, or a hunk of crusty bread. It would also be delicious as part of a composed salad that included grilled vegetables, feta cheese and greens. Lentils are a legume, low in fat and high in fiber. The dark green French lentils called for in this recipe, commonly called “Le Puy” lentils, take a little longer to cook than other varieties, but they hold their shape well in this dish, this stew and this delicious side dish. I use milder brown lentils for this soup. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 side servings
- 1 cup French lentils
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Place the lentils and vegetable stock in a sauce pan and bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow them to simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, until they are almost tender. Drain.
- In a small bowl, which together the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, salt, garlic and pepper.
- Toss the warm lentils with the dressing and allow them to sit for about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add salt/pepper to taste. Best served warm.
Adapted from an Ina Garten recipe