I have to say that lentils are one of my favorite type of beans. It is full of flavor, high in iron, high in fiber, easy to cook and very in-expensive. I make some kind of lentil dish at least once a week and this salad is one of the more popular one in summer time. It has color, texture and flavor.
4 scallions, chopped
1 cup diced celery
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup chopped Italian parsley
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
zest of one lemon
3/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, optional
-Place all the vegetables in salad bowl and toss gently.
-Whisk the lemon juice with the lemon zest, pepper flakes and olive oil. Set aside.
-Place the lentil in pot, cover with water, salt lightly and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes or until the lentil are cooked but not much or over cooked. Remove from the heat, drain and place over the vegetables.
-Pour the dressing over the hot lentil and toss until well coated.
-Spoon the salad into shallow serving platter, sprinkle with the feta cheese and serve.