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Warm Lentil Salad
with apples / green beans / croutons / blue cheese dressing

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This fall-inspired salad gets a balance of sweet from apples and savory from blue-cheese dressing. Lentils make it a protein-rich dinner and homemade croutons give it extra crunch. 



Warm Lentil Salad:
  • Shallots - 2 cloves , diced
  • Green beans - 1 lb , trimmed and chopped into 1” / 2.5cm pieces
  • Bread, sandwich - 2 slices , cubed
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Chives - 1 tsp , chopped
  • Mayonnaise - 3 Tbsp
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 3 Tbsp
  • Milk - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, sherry - 1 tsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Cheese, blue (sub gruyere or feta) - 2 oz , crumbled
  • Apples, preferably a tart variety like Granny Smith - 1/2 , chopped
  • Lettuce, any variety - 1 head , chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lentils, cooked (canned or vacuum-packed) - 2 cups


  1. Shallots / Green beans - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make croutons - Slice bread into even cubes. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and bread cubes to the hot pan. Season with some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until cubes are golden brown on all sides. (If bread is toasting too slowly, turn up the heat, but stay close to the skillet to be sure the cubes don’t burn.) (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  3. Make dressing - Chop chives. Whisk together chives, mayonnaise, yogurt, milk, vinegar and hot sauce (if using). Crumble blue cheese into dressing and stir to combine. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead) 

  4. Apples / Lettuce - Prep as directed

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  1. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then green beans and shallots to heated oil. Saute until green beans are tender, 5 to 6 minutes. 

  2. Add lentils to green beans and saute until lentils are heated through. Season with some salt and pepper. 

  3. Assemble salads by topping greens with lentils, green beans, croutons and apples. Finish with blue cheese dressing at the table. Enjoy!



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