Cold Lentil, Asparagus and Goat Cheese Salad

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July 25, 2016

Recipe by Drum Beets

Ingredients

1 cup brown or french lentils

1/3 cup chevre goat cheese

1 clove garlic, crushed

Chili flakes

Salt & pepper

1 lemon, zest and juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon dijon mustard (optional)

2 bunches of asparagus, sliced thinly at a diagonal

1/2 cup fresh herbs - i used parsley & chives

2 shallots, thinly sliced

Directions

1Preheat oven to 375. Bring 3-4 cups of water to boil. Do not add salt to cook lentils.

2In the mean time, mix together chevre with lemon zest, garlic, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Brown lentils take about 20-25 minutes to cook in boiling water. But adjust your cook time depending on the type of lentils you choose to use. Do not overcook! You want the lentils to be able to hold their shape in the salad vs. a dahl-like texture. Strain and place the lentils into a large mixing bowl.

3Right away, add your zesty goat cheese and gently stir until the lentils are nicely coated. Let cool completely.

4Prep your asparagus spears - wash, trim, slice - as well as your shallots. Toss vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper. Roast in a pan, tossing every few minutes, until the asparagus is just fork tender then remove from oven and let cool.

5In a smaller bowl, mix together lemon juice, olive oil and mustard. toss this dressing with your roasted asparagus & shallots once they are cooled.

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