Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette. So good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net
gluten free, main course, salad, vegetarian

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette

This salad is creamy and tangy and salty and earthy. The lentils give it a heartiness while the arugula lightens the dish and adds some much needed greenery.

But what makes it work is the pungent bite from the shallots and the acidity from the red wine vinegar in the dressing combined with the creamy tangy richness from the feta cheese.

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette. So good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

Lentils look so boring, and to be honest, when they aren’t prepared well, they can be, but I’ve eaten this salad three days in a row without growing tired of it. It’s easy to throw together a big batch, and it keeps well. It’s good cold or at room temperature.

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette. So good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

There’s nothing fragile or delicate about this dish. It’s kicky and sharp and sturdy. It would definitely travel well. I could see bringing it along on a picnic or to a summer cookout.

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette. So good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net
Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette. So good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

It’s simple, which means every component is important. The vinaigrette will be better if you start with a good quality dijon mustard and red wine vinegar and olive oil.

The lentils should be cooked to the point where they are tender but not yet mushy.

The arugula should be spry and lively.

And if there is a feta that you love, especially if it is on the creamier and not so aggressively salty side of the spectrum, that’s one you should use. (That same feta would also be lovely in this tomato cucumber salad with basil vinaigrette.)

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette. So good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

And don’t tell Dan, but this is also excellent, and more classically French, with a soft goat cheese in place of the feta.

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette. So good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

This has become a regular lunch for me. It’s something I can make ahead and have available in the fridge for the next several days.

I made it for dinner last week, and the next day, when Dan saw that I was making peanut noodles–something else he likes–he said “I was almost hoping we were just going to have leftovers for dinner because that lentil salad was so good.”

I can’t remember the last time he asked for leftovers for dinner.

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette. So good. From Blossom To Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net
Yield: 4 lunch-sized servings, more as a side

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette

Lentil Arugula Salad with Feta and Red Wine Shallot Vinaigrette
This lentil salad is creamy, tangy, salty, and earthy, with bright acidity. I used a Bulgarian sheep’s milk feta, which was less salty and creamier than the most common grocery store varieties like Athenos, but use any feta you like. You can also substitute a soft goat cheese for the feta. If you want a shortcut, I’ve made versions of this starting with the precooked lentils at Trader Joe’s, which means this can come together in minutes instead of about a half an hour. You could also cook the lentils a day or two ahead of time and then throw the rest of it together later. I use salt packed capers, which need to be soaked and rinsed of excess salt before adding them, but brined capers are fine here too. This salad is a great make ahead dish. It keeps well in the refrigerator for several days.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup green or brown lentils
  • 1 bay leaf, optional
  • 3 ounces (2-3 cups loosely packed) arugula
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 3 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon (about 1/2 medium shallot) minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper for seasoning

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium saucepan about half-full with water, cover and bring to a boil. Add the lentils and the bay leaf (if using) and reduce heat to low. Cook the lentils, uncovered, in barely simmering water for 20-25 minutes, until just tender. Drain the lentils and discard the bay leaf.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the minced shallot, the red wine vinegar, and the dijon, and stir until combined. Add the olive oil and a pinch of salt and whisk until emulsified.
  3. Add the lentils and stir until coated. Then add the arugula and capers and toss until coated and well combined. Add the crumbled feta and toss until distributed throughout. Taste to see if it needs more salt (this will depend on your feta). Add a few good cracks of black pepper. Serve, warm, cold or at room temperature.
  4. Will keep, refrigerated, for about 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 215 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 761mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 3g Protein: 8g
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11 Comments

  • […] As we get closer to our closing date on our condo and our subsequent move, I find myself returning again and again to my reliable quick meal repertoire. […]

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  • This is awesome.. I am bookmarking it. I already have the lentils. will get some fresh arugula and make it in a feew days.

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    • Thanks, Shobha! I make this all the time.

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  • This is such an yummy salad recipe with brown lentils, we usually make lentils to have it in our meal but never thought of making healthy salad from it..Thanks for sharing..loved it !!

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    • Thanks! I think they work really well in a salad.

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  • Here is a good healthy recipe! You can’t go wrong with this combination of ingredients. And lentils – healthy, filling and inexpensive. Yum.

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    • Thanks! It is totally a healthy, protein-packed meal.

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  • Wow, I literally love everything about this: feta, lentils, shallot, YUMMM!

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    • Thanks, Cindy! We are totally on the same page with this one!

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  • After Diwali celebrations I am planning to go on a salad and soup diet. Just the right salad, filling and yet light on the stomach. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

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    • Thanks, Mayuri! I hope you enjoy it.

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