Lentil Salad with Walnuts
- 2 cups green lentils washed and picked over
- 2 large garlic cloves crushed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 medium onion cut in half
- 1 medium carrot quartered
- 6 cups water
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper
- ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- ½ cup broken walnuts
- Combine the lentils, garlic, bay leaf, onion, carrot and water in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil.
- Add salt to taste (1 to 2 teaspoons), reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer 35 to 45 minutes until the lentils are tender.
- Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf. Drain through a strainer set over a bowl.
- Whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and shallot or garlic.
- Whisk in the oil and 2 to 4 tbsp of the liquid from the lentils.
- Stir into the lentils.
- Add the parsley and pepper and taste to adjust salt.
- Spoon onto plates, arrange walnuts on top of the lentils, and serve.