Lentil Salad with Gorgonzola
Simmering the cooking liquid with vegetables and aromatics before adding the lentils infused the dish with plenty of flavor and kept the lentils from turning mushy. A whole head of garlic, cooked with the lentils, flavors and thickens the dressing. Pungent Gorgonzola cheese gave the salad sharp contrast, while toasted walnuts added crunch.
cup white balsamic vinegar
medium shallots, peeled, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
01In a liquid measuring cup, combine the vinegar, shallots and 1 teaspoon salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut off and discard the top third of the garlic head, leaving the head intact. In a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high, combine the garlic, water, carrots, celery, mustard seeds, thyme, bay leaves and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and discard the carrot, celery, bay and thyme.
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