Green Lentil Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup French Green Lentils (can substitute brown).
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large carrot, finely diced
  • 2 ribs celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onions (about 1/2 a small onion)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one large lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, best quality
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Directions

1.  Combine lentils, chicken stock and bay leaf in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer until lentils are just tender, about 25 minutes (or about 20 minutes for common lentils). Strain and let cool.
2.  In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Add cooled lentils and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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