Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lentil Goat Cheese Salad

Discs of plump brown lentils are tossed in a dijon vinaigrette alongside thinly sliced sweet carrots, fresh parsley, and tangy goat cheese. It’s the goat cheese crumbled over the top that makes this one special. And in second place is the dijon vinaigrette.
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But honestly you can’t do without the sweetness of the carrots or the fresh parsley either. So don’t try to leave anything out, ok? I like this one because it’s a salad (toss everything together, exact quantities really don’t matter) and it can be served right away warm, or saved in the fridge and eaten cold anytime you want.
I got this from a Runner’s World a few years ago (so it is basically health food and appropriate for any of you marathon trainers out there). I don’t remember the exact recipe, but this is my rendition of it after making it many times over the years.
lentil goat cheese

Lentil Goat Cheese Salad

  • 1 cup brown (or Le Puy or Beluga) lentils, cooked
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots (about 4 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbed goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup dijon vinaigrette (recipe below)
Cook the brown lentils in simmering water for approx 45 minutes, or until tender but not mushy.
Slice the carrots thinly, chop the parsley finely, add to a large bowl. Add warm cooked lentils, then drizzle the dijon vinaigrette over everything. Toss well, then sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese. Season with salt to to taste. Serve.

Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Whisk the mustard and red wine vinegar together in a large bowl, then continue to whisk as you drizzle in the olive oil. 
lentil sq


  1. This is really similar to a salad I used to make, but haven't made in years. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. So Gail - did you pick this recipe up during your days of marathon training, or what? ;)

    2. As if! No, it was in the ONE cookbook Hubby brought to our marriage - a nice compliment to my 100+, with some very good recipes. Still use some of them too, especially the BEST cream of mushroom soup ever! Quick Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin:

  2. I can't say I'm a runner, but I really love lentils these days. They're totally feel-good food! Your salad looks just right.

  3. I'm so into lentils lately so this would be perfect!

  4. I just made this - it's so simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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