Lentils are so more-ish. This is a very loose recipe .. add as much feta and bacon as tastes good to you. Life is about the goodies in the salad! This salad is yummy warm, cold and all things in between. Double whatever amount you think you need, it’ll be history very quickly.
Ingredients needed: French green lentils, Italian parsley, shallots, bacon, feta, rice vinegar, grated garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper.
Cook lentils as recommended on the package. When done, drain out any leftover water and add a dash of olive oil so the lentils don’t get dry.
Meanwhile, saute some bacon until it’s crispy, and then remove and drain on a paper towel to absorb the fat. Can one have too much bacon? No. If anyone comes into the kitchen while you’re cooking it, they’re bound to snag a piece or two. I’ll leave it to you to figure out how much you want to add to your lentils.
Reserve the bacon fat and briefly fry the shallots so they are crispy. Set aside.
Chop up a generous portion of Italian parsley and add to a bowl. Crumble feta into the bowl. Add bacon and shallots.
Mix up a vinaigrette of olive oil and rice vinegar. Add some freshly grated garlic and mix all to taste.
Add the vinaigrette to the lentils, and then add the goodies (bacon, parsley et al) to the lentils too. Mix all gently.
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