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Warm Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad
with lemon-dill vinaigrette

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
This protein-packed salad with lentils, walnuts, and crispy goat cheese rounds was a popular meal when we featured it for the first time in spring of 2016.
Smarts: For the onions in this salad, serve them raw or rinse them in cool water for less oniony “bite”.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette:
  • Dill, fresh - 1 tsp, chopped
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 5 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
Warm Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad:
  • Walnuts, halves or pieces - 1/2 cup
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 2 cups, halved
  • Onions, red - 1/4, diced
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Goat cheese - 4 oz (buy the variety sold in a log shape for easy slicing)
  • Foil - for roasting
  • Lentils, cooked - 2 cups (use pre-cooked lentils or if cooking from dried, use half the amount of dried and prepare according to package directions)
  • Salad greens of choice - 8 oz
  • Olives, kalamata, pitted - 1/3 cup (sub any type of olives)

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Prep

  1. Make vinaigrette - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Chop dill. Combine with lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and honey. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Walnuts - Toast walnuts in a dry pan or skillet, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 3 minutes. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Tomatoes / Onions - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cheese - Combine panko, first part of cooking oil, and some salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slice the cheese into 1/2" / 1.3 cm rounds. Press the rounds in the panko so that they are crusted on both sides.

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Make

  1. If you’d like the onions to have less of a bite, soak them in cool water. Drain before using.
  2. Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  3. Toss tomatoes in half the vinaigrette (reserve the other half for dressing). Place tomatoes on sheet pan and roast until tomatoes are lightly caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. While tomatoes roast, heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add second part of cooking oil and panko-crusted goat cheese to hot oil. Sear on both sides until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the goat cheese to a paper towel-lined plate until ready to serve.
  5. Warm lentils briefly in the microwave.
  6. Assemble salad by combining salad greens with roasted tomatoes, red onions, walnuts, olives, and lentils. Top with panko-crusted goat cheese and reserved dressing . Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (26)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (15)

Most Helpful

I would give this 5 stars if it wasn't such a pain to pull off. The fried cheese ended up a disaster and I'm not sure what I did wrong. I mean, it tasted good afterward, but far from what it was supposed to look like. Once it all finally came together, we loved the flavors. I would maybe cook the dry lentils in stock for more flavor there, but otherwise we are happy with how it turned out.

By: Angela
Posted: May 14, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

28 reviews

Delicious! I love goat cheese and having a warm meal at the end of the day. Easy to make quickly for dinner and have for leftovers.

By: Sarah
Posted: Mar 22, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Amazing dish.

By: Karri
Posted: Nov 05, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Delicious! I used dried Dill (half of fresh) and Trader Joe’s prepared lentils. Kept red onion fresh. Toasted walnuts and put in foil and gave them a couple of taps with the pan I toasted them in. So good! I love the Prep instructions, they make ALL the difference.

By: Alyssa
Posted: Sep 30, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Good for a casual weekday meal, nothing spectacular. Skipped the walnuts because I had extra lentils.

By: Jenna
Posted: Jun 24, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Love this one - made it with smoked salmon.

By: Tara
Posted: May 28, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very delicious! Don't think we changed a thing!

By: Melanie
Posted: May 27, 2020
Diet: Original
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