Mediterranean Lentil, Red Onion and Avocado Salad

You can make this salad with any kind of green or brown lentil.  But hear me out: spend the extra change (not a lot—we’re talking about beans after all) and the extra few minutes to grab the good lentils, if this is at all a possibility in the reality of your legume world. Here’s what the difference is: regular brown or green lentils—very nice.  Fairly soft, nicely earthy, take well to various flavors, make lovely soups and salads.  All good, nothing to be apologetic for at all.   What Are French Lentils? But French lentils—something better.  Sometimes greenish, sometimes more brown in color, French lentils …

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Classic Vinaigrette (aka Salad Dressing)

Salad dressing is somewhat of a hot button for many of us. We either have a little fear of it and keep hitting the bottle (bottled dressing, of course), which is often pretty gross, or we get stuck in a one-dressing rut.   What is Vinaigrette? First of all, vinaigrette is just French for oil and vinegar. Okay, no, that’s not quite true, but it certainly is partly true and this is helpful in making things much less scary. This basic classic vinaigrette recipe lets you make a classic vinaigrette in two minutes. My family likes their dressing pretty vinegary. If you …

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