Lentil, Rice, and Feta Salad


3/4 cup French lentils (or brown lentils), rinsed
1 bay leaf
2-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, or 2 teaspoons dried
3 cups cooked rice (3/4 to 1 cup dry rice), cooled
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
3 to 4 medium, ripe tomatoes, cut into bite-size slices


Put the lentils and bay leaf into a small saucepan with cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook at a low boil for about 20 minutes, until just chewy-tender. Drain, rinse briefly, and transfer to a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, except the tomatoes, tossing well to coat with the oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and refrigerate until about 10 minutes before serving. Just before serving, toss the tomatoes with the salad. Add a bit more oil and vinegar, if necessary, and pass cruets of both at the table.


6 servings

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