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Warm Lentil Salad

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It€™s amazing what you can create using familiar ingredients if you add just one new flavor! Warm Lentil Salad uses items you may already have in the house. If you don€™t have Sherry Vinegar, or Dry Sherry, don€™t fret €“ you can leave them out and still have a wonderful dish.
Ingredients
  Fresh thyme/1 tablespoon dry thyme 2 Tablespoon
  Gorgonzola cheese/Blue / feta cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Fresh parsley 1 Tablespoon (For Garnish)
  Dry lentils 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Onion 1⁄2 , chopped
  Garlic cloves 3 Large, sliced
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Thyme/1 tb. dry thyme 2 Tablespoon (Use Fresh)
  Dry sherry 2 Tablespoon
  Olive oil 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Sherry vinegar/Red wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon
  Pepper To Taste
  Cherry tomatoes/Grape tomatoes 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Gorgonzola/Blue or feta cheese 1 Tablespoon
  Parsley 1 Tablespoon (For Garnish)
  Couscous 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

Put the lentils, onion, garlic and 3 Tb olive oil into a saucepan. Cover with 1-2 inches of cold water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for about 30 minutes. Check the lentils for doneness: they should be completely soft, but not mushy.

Strain the lentils into a bowl and cover. If you are using dry thyme, add it now. If you have dry sherry, but not sherry vinegar, add it now. Reduce the cooking liquid by at least 1/3, until it is thick. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl and add sherry vinegar or wine vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk in 1/3 C olive oil.

If you wish to use couscous, while the cooking liquid is reducing, cook the couscous according to package directions, and then arrange it in a ring around the edge of a serving platter.

If you're using fresh Thyme, add it now to the cooking liquid. Stir the cooking liquid into the lentils, if using couscous, pour the lentils inside the couscous ring. Then garnish with cheese, tomatoes and parsley.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Spanish
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Mixing
Dish: 
Salad
Ingredient: 
Lentil
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
4
This is a salad made using familiar ingredient such as the lentil! Watch the chef make this salad, though presentation of the video is amiss!

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