Warm Lentil-and-Potato Salad
  • 1/2cup dried sprouted lentils
  • 2lbs small red potatoes, halved
  • 6-8 bacon slices
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2cups loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • basil leaves for garnish
  1. Bring lentils and 4 cups of salted water to a boil in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20-25 minutes or just until tender.
  2. Cook potatoes in boiling salted water to cover, 15 minutes or just until tender.
  3. Drain the lentils and potatoes.
  4. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp.
  5. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings in skillet.
  6. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  7. Add olive oil to hot drippings in skillet, and heat over medium heat. Sauté shallots, celery and garlic in hot olive oil mixture 3 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Gently stir in lentils, potatoes, bacon, and parsley.
  10. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.