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The Best Lentil Salad, Ever

This lentil salad recipe is no exception. The flavours of this dish are totally outstanding, yet unexpected. The ingredient list may seem a little long, but after closer inspection you’ll notice that it is mostly just spices, ten of them to be exact. It is this special combination of flavours that creates a truly remarkable salad that is lip-smackingly tasty and totally addictive.

Prep
Cook
Serves 6people
Ingredients
2 1/4
cup (1 lb.) Du Puy lentils
1
medium red onion, diced
1
cup dried currants (you could also use raisins or other dried fruit)
1/3
cup capers
vinaigrette
1/3
cup cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
1/4
cup apple cider vinegar
1
tbs maple syrup
1
tbs strong mustard
2
tsp salt
2
tsp pepper
1
tsp ground cumin
1/2
tsp turmeric
1/2
tsp ground coriander
1/2
tsp ground cardamom
1/4
tsp cayenne pepper
1/4
tsp ground cloves
1/4
tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4
tsp ground cinnamon
optional add-ins
arugula
walnuts
goat cheese
fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, cilantro, basil
sprouts
crispy seasonal veggies
Directions
1.
Rinse lentils well, drain. Place in a pot and cover with a 3-4 inches of water, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Check lentils for doneness after 15 minutes, but they should take about 20 minutes in total. You will know they are cooked if they still retain a slight tooth – al dente! Overcooking the lentils is the death of this dish. Be careful!
2.
While the lentils are simmering, make the dressing by placing all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously to combine.
3.
Finely dice red onion – the salad is best if all the ingredients are about the same size. If using raisins, chop them roughly to make them a bit smaller, and do the same with the capers if they are large.
4.
When the lentils are cooked, remove from heat, drain and place under cold running water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled slightly but still a little warm, place lentils in a large serving bowl and toss with dressing. Add other onion, capers, and currants. If using other add-ins such as herbs, greens, or cheese, wait until just before serving. Otherwise, this salad can hang out in the fridge for a couple days.

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