I make this Blue Cheese Salad Recipe usually as the main dish. It is packed with all the goodness of protein, herbs, and intense flavors. It will keep your stomach full and the hunger away for the rest of the day.
Now that I live in Italy, I have to say that if you can use Castelluccio or Puy lentils, as he suggests, you should go for them, but if you don’t, go ahead and use any lentils, and I will give you here a tip, to make it work.
I am also changing some ingredients for fun and cutting corners by simplifying some steps, just so you can make them faster and enjoy this fabulous dish without much planning.
This lentil salad recipe uses a couple of ingredients that make it a winner. It works as a lentil side dish and also as a lentil main dish, just change the portion sizes.
- Dry Tomatoes
- Red Onions
- Blue Cheese (Gorgonzola Cheese)
- Red Wine Vinegar
See quantities and full instructions in the recipe card.
Wash and boil. The lentils and bring them to boil for 20 mins if using regular lentils or 10-15 mins if using Castelluccio or Puy lentils. The idea is to have lentils that do not look mushy.
Slice and soak. Place the sliced onion in salted water and vinegar for a couple of minutes so it loses its intense flavor.
Slice the Dry Tomato. Slice the dried tomatoes lengthwise.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the cheese and fresh herbs.
Stir in the Cheese, Herbs, and Serve. When the mix has cool down, add the chopped herbs and cheese
Which Lentils to use? So, why Castellucio or Puy versus ordinary lentils?
These lentil varieties are small breeds that look almost like bigger quinoa and do not disintegrate in the cooking like your standard lentils would do, so it gives you a nice, delicate texture in every bite.
For this Blue Cheese Salad, I made another change. I replaced the oven-baked tomatoes with store-bought oil-preserved dehydrated ones. Any dry tomatoes that you can hydrate with warm water will do.
Benefits of lentils
Eat your Lentils! They are a staple of every plant-based diet! This is why?
Lentils in every color are low in calories, rich in iron and folate, and an excellent source of protein.
They pack health-promoting polyphenols and may reduce several heart disease risk factors.
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Recipe: Gorgonzola Lentil Salad
- 1 ½ cups Lentils
- 4 ounces gorgonzola cheese crumbled
- 10 dried tomatoes preserved in oil, or 10 dried tomatoes, hydrated in warm water, and dry herbs for 10 minutes
- 1 red onion small, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 garlic clove small, crushed
- 3 tablespoons mint fresh, chopped
- 3 tablespoons chives fresh, chopped
- 3 tablespoons thyme fresh, chopped
- 3 tablespoons dill fresh, chopped
- ½ fennel sliced
- 1 cup rucola
- sea salt to taste
- Wash and boil. Wash the lentils and bring them to boil for 20 mins if using regular lentils or 10-15 mins if using Castelluccio or Puy lentils. The idea is to have lentils that do not look mushy.1 ½ cups Lentils
- Place the sliced onion in salted water and vinegar for a couple of minutes so it loses its intense flavor.1 red onion, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, sea salt
- Slice the dried tomatoes lenghtwise.10 dried tomatoes
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the cheese and fresh herbs.1 ½ cups Lentils, 10 dried tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 garlic clove, ½ fennel, 1 cup rucola
- When the mix has cool down, add the chopped herbs and cheese.4 ounces gorgonzola cheese, 3 tablespoons chives, 3 tablespoons thyme, 3 tablespoons dill, 3 tablespoons mint
- Get Ready to enjoy one of the tastiest salads, you have had!
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