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

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
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.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
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

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Prep

  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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Make

  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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Reviews

Ratings

Original (123)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (10)
Vegetarian (16)

54 reviews

Very good and pretty easy. Cooked perfectly. Made with gruyere. I'd like to make again with blue cheese. Green beans were awesome.

By: Barbie
Posted: Feb 12, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Felt really fancy and it wasn’t too much work since I didn’t stuff the pork chops (they were too thin) - just seared them and put the apple/blue cheese topping on top before sticking them in the oven. The topping is DOPE, and I don’t normally like blue cheese. I don’t normally like green beans either, but the shallots and lemon juice added so much great flavor they were quite enjoyable!

By: Lynn
Posted: Jul 22, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Excellent. The mix of flavors from the blue cheese, apples and pork was very nice. Next time, I will make the apple/cheese stuffing mixture ahead of time and let it come to room temperature before baking. The green bean recipe was so simple, and so good. I will use this as a vegetable side dish with other mains.

By: Curtis
Posted: Jan 18, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Good! Served with baked potato's

By: Nienke
Posted: Oct 08, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The flavors of the pork/apple/cheese were tasty and the pecans were surprisingly good with the green beans, but overall the meal was underwhelming. It was hard to avoid overcooking the pork in the oven after browning. I took it out early, but it was already too late.

By: Amanda
Posted: Jan 07, 2017
Diet: Original
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This was delicious! I subbed the green part of a green onion for the chives and used white wine and fresh green beans (took a little longer for the beans than the recipe said), and it turned out great.

By: Cathy
Posted: Jan 04, 2017
Diet: Original
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