July 19, 2016
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"First, this is not my recipe; I found it by accident while surfing one night - but, wanted to share. I decided to give it a try; and, it was absolutely delicious. I happened to have some grated carrots in the fridge; so, this was a great way to use them up. This is a really nice, healthy, quick, and easy salad. Perfect for a potluck, BBQ, to take to work for lunch; and, to make ahead as well. And, if you don't want to grate your own carrots ... you can buy them already grated as I did. Actually, that is one thing I use all the time - you can always find a bag in my refrigerator. To make this a main dish; simply add some cooked chicken; or, top with grilled chicken. If you like more dressing, just double the dressing ingredients; you can always use it on other salads too. I tend to lightly dress my salads. As you can see, my pic does not include the arugula. The first night I added the arugula; this is actually the second night. So, feel free to customize it to your liking."
Vinaigrette ... Add everything to a small bowl, mason jar, or tupperware container. I like the mason jar or tupperware; just cover and shake. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Lentils ... Cook the lentils according to package directions in chicken broth - for extra flavor. Then, set to the side to cool a bit. You can serve this salad warm; but, I prefer to see it chilled.
Salad ... Once the lentils have cooled slightly (I prefer them NOT warm; but, they don't have to be completely cold either); add to a bowl with the carrots, scallions, parsley, arugula; and some of the vinaigrette. Then, toss to combine. Add as much vinaigrette as you like; as I said - I tend to lightly dress my salads.
Finish, Serve, ENJOY! ... Add the cheese; and toss. Ready to serve. And, to make this a main dish; simply add some cooked chicken - some thin sliced grilled chicken on top.
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