Warm lentil salad

Warm lentil salad
Lentils boiled until just tender, then mixed with fried smoked bacon, onion, chives and dressed with a good vinaigrette.
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Last modified on: September 5th 2010

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Warm lentil salad
Cut 200 g smoked pork belly (or thick cut streaky bacon) into small pieces, not too thick.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Warm lentil salad
Prepare 1 onion and chop as finely as possible.

Stage 3 - 20 min.
Warm lentil salad
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then add 250 g green lentils.

Cook until the lentils are just tender, but no more, otherwise you will end up with lentil soup.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
Warm lentil salad
Meanwhile, pour smoked pork belly into a large pan, add the pieces of 200 g smoked pork belly (or thick cut streaky bacon) and fry.

As soon as they are nicely browned, add 2 tablespoons vinegar and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spatula to deglaze, then take off the heat and set aside.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
Warm lentil salad
When the lentils are cooked, drain them in a seive and run them briefly under the cold tap.

This is done to stop the cooking quickly and stop them turning into lentil purée.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Warm lentil salad
Once the lentils are thoroughly drained, tip them into the pan with the bacon and mix well.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
Warm lentil salad
Chop the chives finely.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Warm lentil salad
Add the onions and chives to the lentils, pour in 4 tablespoons French dressing (vinaigrette) and mix well.

Serve warm if possible.
Try to use the delicious green Le Puy lentils. This is not essential, but they are so very good.

If you don't have any smoked bacon, plain bacon, diced ham or sausage (preferably smoked) will do fine.
And to drink?
I recommend a red without too much tannin, such as the uncommonly good organic Gamay made by the Balloux, a wine-producing couple based in Hugier (Haute-Saône, France).
Without sauce, some days in the fridge with plastic film on top.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,993 Kcal or 8,344 Kj96 gr125 gr123 gr
100 %37 %12 %19 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
293 Kcal or 1,227 Kj14 gr18 gr18 gr
15 %5 %2 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
498 Kcal or 2,085 Kj24 gr31 gr31 gr
25 %9 %3 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Sulfites, Mustard
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 3.43 €
  • Per person : 0.86 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Green lentilsGreen lentils: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Cajun-style lentil salad, Lentil and cold-meat salad, Sausage and lentils "en cocotte", Cured Pork Belly With Lentils, ... All
Smoked pork belly (or thick cut streaky bacon)Smoked pork belly (or thick cut streaky bacon): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Mornay onion tart, Boeuf (beef) bourguignon, Express sauerkraut, Soup Cornouaillaise, ... All
French dressing (vinaigrette)French dressing (vinaigrette): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cajun-style lentil salad, Baby spinach salad, Bistro-style endive salad, Nanou's red cabbage salad, Chickpea salad, ... All
VinegarVinegar: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Mexican ceviche, Chicken nems, Raw beetroot salad, Pan bagnat, Truffade, ... All
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