French Lentils with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Red Onion, Dill & Arugula

Lentils have been my go-to (especially with TruRoots Organic Sprouted Lentils which can be eaten raw (because they are sprouted), or cook in only 5 minutes), because they aren't as inflammatory as a grain.  They're also inexpensive and packed with fiber, iron and protein. 

This recipe is a combination of Ina Garten's warm french lentil recipe and some inspiration from one of Yotam Ottolenghi's many lentil recipes in his gorgeous cookbook, Plenty.  I combined elements from the two recipes and added my own touch.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do and that this will create a fabulous quick night meal. 

This keeps well so it's great to make ahead for the week or take as a lunch for work.

1 1/2 cups lentils, soaked (I like the little French green lentils or I use TruRoots Organic Sprouted Lentils if I don't have time to soak my own)
half of a small red onion, thinly sliced into half moons
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped dill
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
2 handfuls of fresh arugula
salt and pepper to taste

20 minutes, serves 4

Add the lentils to a pot with 1" of water on top.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover.  Soaked lentils should cook in about 7 minutes.  They should not be soggy, but still have a bit of texture and crunch as they will continue cooking after the water as been drained. 

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While the lentils are cooking, thinly slice half of a red onion into half moons.  Add to a bowl and toss with red wine vinegar. 

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Drain the lentils and add to the bowl. 

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Add the olive oil, mustard, dill, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula.  Toss together then season with salt and pepper as needed. 

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It is nice to serve warm, but also works well at room temperature. 

Feel free to add other herbs like parsley or chives or toss with a non-dairy ricotta for a rich and luxurious dish! 

Tell me in the comments how you like to change up lentils.  The possibilities are endless, no?! :)

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