Warm Lentil Salad w/ Bacon & Croutons, (1 of 3)

Ingredients: (serves 2) 
– a tin of lentils
–  4 rashers free range bacon
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
– 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
– 4 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 cloves garlic, sliced
– baguette or ciabatta, torn apart into bite-size chunks
– rocket, or other herby greens

Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until crispy.  Meanwhile, drain and rinse the tin of lentils & wash the rocket.  When crisp, remove the bacon from the pan and set aside to drain & dry.  Toast the bite-sized pieces of baguette either in a) the bacon fat, b) a little olive oil, or c) under the grill until golden and crunchy.  Whisk together the balsamic and olive oil & some cracked salt and pepper in a small bowl, taste to see proportions are correct, and set aside.
Drizzle some olive oil in a saucepan and place on medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and translucent — just before golden.  Toss in the lentils and give them a stir, then add the red wine vinegar.  Season to taste with salt & pepper, place a lid on the pan and remove from heat.
Heat up another pan and pour in the balsamic vinaigrette — let it bubble and sizzle, then pull from heat.
To assemble the salad, get a large bowl and throw in your rocket or greens, bacon, croutons and lentil mixture.  Pour over the bubbling balsamic, toss with tongs and serve on warmed bowls, plates or a platter to share.

This salad serves as an excellent base for meats and fish — variations soon to come…


6 thoughts on “Warm Lentil Salad w/ Bacon & Croutons, (1 of 3)

    1. loveramen Post author

      Either way — with all that bacon it can be a meal!! Otherwise chops or something. I have a couple more posts coming w/ variations.

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