This delicious salad recipe uses lentils as the main ingredient. Lentils are a superfood that are high in protein, low-glycemic and stabilize blood sugar which makes this a great vegetarian recipe. Make it in advance so the flavors have a chance to marinate and blend together! I like to serve this salad chilled.
1 cup French green lentils
1/2 head radicchio, sliced thin and chopped
3 tablespoons of shallots, finely chopped
2 radishes, sliced thin and chopped
1/2 cup of carrots, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons of roughly chopped parsley and basil
Fresh ground pepper
Place lentils in a medium size sauce pan and cover with about three inches of filtered water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until just tender about 20-30 minutes, do not overcook or they will become mushy (add more water if necessary). Drain lentils.
Toss lentils with red wine vinegar, salt and fresh ground pepper. Let sit for 5 minutes. Toss with olive oil, shallots, radicchio, radishes and fresh herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning for flavor. Can be served chilled or room temperature.
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