Lentils are super healthy for you. They have fiber, iron, and other good stuff. My husband hates most things having to do with Lentils. Except this. This salad. This Lentil Salad has BACON, it has cheddar cheese, and a wonderful homemade Honey Mustard dressing. AND, it’s super-duper easy.
The best part – the homemade dressing can be used on your green salads. So save the dressing recipe. In fact, here it is, so you can easily access if for a green salad, if you like:
Make the Dressing:
Gather the following ingredients:
Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass bowl or measure glass using a spoon. Taste it. If it’s delicious, it’s ready to use. You may want to use salt and pepper at this point, if you wish. I generally do not.
Ingredients for the Lentil Salad (less the dressing):
- 6 slices of cooked bacon. If you do this like I showed you in this post, you can have that baking while doing these other steps.
- 2 cups of dry lentils
- 1/2 of an onion, chopped
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese (chopped or grated)
- 1 cup of frozen corn or peas (adds a little sweetness)
- If you want to add some extra healthiness to it, wilt some spinach to throw into the mix.
Make your Lentils:
I choose “Organic French Baby Lentils”
You can use whatever kind you like. Measure out about 2 cups of the lentils.
Pour into a pot, cover with 2 to 3 inches of water and bring to a boil (**TIP** While this is boiling, now would be a perfect time to work on preparing the other ingredients and dressing**), stirring occasionally:
If during this time your lentils are higher than the water level, please add more water.
After about 20 minutes, remove two or three lentils from the pot, let cool and taste. If the lentil is a little too toothy, let boil for a few more minutes before testing for doneness again. If the lentil was done, remove from heat and drain through a sieve:
You have now made Lentils!! Yay!!!
Preparing the Other Ingredients:
Chop 1/2 an onion and add to the bowl that you will be serving the salad in:
Chop those six slices of bacon and add to the bowl:
Either cut about 1 cup of cheddar cheese or use about 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to your bowl.
Add 1 Cup of frozen corn or peas to the bowl.
If you decided to wilt some spinach to add to the bowl, go ahead an add. To wilt spinach simply warm oil on medium heat in a pan, add fresh spinach and watch is wilt. It’s that easy:
add those lentils to your large bowl. Now it’s time to add that awesome honey-mustard dressing you made, and stir so that everything is combined and coated with honey-mustard goodness.
Last step, eat it.