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For hot summer days and easy pita sandwiches REC: Lentil Salad

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Posted to Thread #11213 at 5:40 am on Jun 29, 2008

This salad is great cold or served hot as a side dish. It keeps well in the refrigerator for snacks. My kids like to wrap it up in lettuce leaves or pita bread or a warm tortilla. It's great to take to a picnic or cookout.

One small bag of lentils, washed and picked over
8 quarts of boiling water
4 bay leaves
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 T salt
3 or 4 scallions, chopped
2 cups chopped parsley (or cilantro)
4 tsp dijon mustard
1 t salt
2 tsp black pepper (to taste)
1 cup olive oil
1 cup lemon juice add zest if you like it!

Place lentils, bay leaves, garlic, and salt in a large pot of boiling water. Bring back to the boil, let the mixture cook for a couple of minutes and turn the heat off. Let the lentils stand in the water for a half hour or so or until they seem tender.

Meanwhile, make the dressing. Mix oil, lemon
juice, pepper, salt and mustard.

Drain lentils well in a colander.Remove bay leaf and garlic. Pour dressing over and mix well. Mix in scallions, parsley or chopped cilantro and

For color, you can add a tablespoon of finely
chopped sweet red pepper or carrot. If you
like it more spicy, add a few drops of Tabasco or Tabasco green sauce.

Serve as a side dish cold or with warm pita bread, or roll up in lettuce leaves. Delicious and refreshing.

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