Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Salad is Born: Chicken w/ Lentils

It's 10:30 a.m. I have a friend stopping by for lunch at noon.
Oh good. I don't have much to offer, maybe grilled cheese sandwiches or tuna (always available from this kitchen).

She is a fancy lady, a foodie, a New Yorker, fashionista, thin, attractive, with excellent taste, so maybe I'll rethink the grilled cheese idea.

So I have these 2 cans of lentils, (yes, I found precooked lentils in a can, which I have never seen before) and 1 leftover chicken breast.

Ok, now we have a start.

I was skeptical about precooked lentils, but I opened the can and drained them and took a taste and they were delicious, maybe not for a soup, but certainly for a salad.

I shredded the chicken, added some of this and some of that, and a colorful delicious salad was born.

It was so good that the fancy friend asked me for the recipe.

Here it is.

Chicken w/ Lentil Salad:

2 cans (if you can find them) of Goya precooked lentils, rinsed & drained
1 cooked leftover chicken breast, shredded
1 cup of heirloom tomatoes, colors mixed, cut into quarters
handful of currants
1/4 of a red onion, minced
handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
handful of fresh parsley leaves, chopped
handful of fresh chives, snipped
6 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil
kosher salt & pepper

Add your rinsed and drained lentils to a large bowl and toss in the rest of the ingredients. Season with kosher salt & pepper.

Add the oil and vinegar and adjust seasonings.

Serve at room temperature.

Hopefully no one will be stopping by tomorrow for lunch, so I can have the leftovers all to myself!

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Becki's Whole Life said...

I have never seen canned lentils before, but I am going to keep my eyes open for them now. This salad looks delish and healthy!

newlywed said...

This looks great. I love lentil salads!

Content in a Cottage said...

Hmmm. I think I've seen canned lentils or am I just remembering opening a can of lentil soup? Will look for them the next time I go to the market. These would be good to have on hand. The salad looks delicious.
xo, Rosemary

The Japanese Redneck said...

That makes it a lot easier and quicker.

Those striped tomatoes are beautiful in there with the lentils.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your friend will be very impressed with this salad Stacey. Who wouldn't be. A little bit of French in the suburbs with those great Jersey tomatoes.

Joanne said...

It's definitely crazy the things you can do with a can of lentils! This looks great!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I have 2 cans of those lentils in my pantry but never opened them up, now I will after I check the expiration date! Love your pretty salad.

LaDue & Crew said...

Hahaha @ "Fancy Friend"! You have such a way with words... ;) I'm still here, promise! No postings of late- working part time at another bakery. This salad sounds just right up my healthy alley!