Lentil & Kielbasa Salad

This is a delicious and easy lentil salad that makes for a very flavorful lunch. I love the mildly spicy and salty kielbasa paired with the earthy lentils and mustardy bite of the dressing. The toast with the creamy goat cheese is a lovely accompaniment.

from: Cooking For Jeffrey
serves: 6

good olive oil
2 cups medium-diced leeks, white and light green parts
1 cup (1/4-inch-diced) carrots (2 carrots)
1 pound green French Le Puy lentils, rinsed and drained
1 whole peeled onion stuck with 6 whole dried cloves
1 small turnip
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
5 tablespoons good red wine vinegar
kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper
6 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced crosswise
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
10 ounces kielbasa, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick diagonally
6 (1/2-inch-thick) diagonal slices of a baguette
4 ounces creamy herbed goat cheese, such as Montrachet

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Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan, add the leeks, and cook uncovered over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the carrots and cook for one minute. Add the lentils, onion, turnip, and 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Discard the onion and turnip and drain the lentils, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Place the lentils in a large bowl.

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Meanwhile, in a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the garlic, mustard, vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup olive oil, add to the lentils, and toss. If it’s dry, add a few tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid.

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Add the scallions, thyme, parsley, kielbasa, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and toss. Set aside to cool.

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Toast the baguette slices and spread with the goat cheese.

Taste the salad for seasonings and serve at room temperature with the goat cheese toasts.

Make Ahead: Prepare the salad, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 days, saving some of the cooking liquid to add later. Prepare the goat cheese toasts just before serving.

 

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