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Warm Lentil Salad with Rocket and Goats Cheese

This recipe is an adaptation from Martha Stewart’s recipe. I have made it so many times, and depending on my garden used rocket, spinach or Swiss chard with it. With some crusty bread, it is delicious for lunch or on a buffet table. You can find Puy lentils at any good grocery store. They are dark green and have a nutty texture, which is perfect for this salad.


Serves 4

  • 3/4 cup green (Puy) lentils (4.75 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise and separated into rings
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups rocket or spinach, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese


  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add lentils, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add carrot, celery, and bell pepper; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes more. Stir in parsley, vinegar, and remaining tablespoon oil.
  3. Drain lentils, and add to vegetables. Stir in rocket or spinach, and season generously with salt and black pepper. Crumble goat cheese on top and toss gently to combine.