Lentil Salad – Happy New Year!


Many cultures welcome the New Year with some sort of legumes and greens.  Perhaps because the legumes resemble coins, or the fact that when you add water to them they swell, so you get more than what you started with.  In the South they often have black eyed peas and greens.  The greens may symbolize good luck.   In Hungary it's lentils, which is the tradition I will be enjoying this year.  However, I did not enjoy my lentils at midnight which promises lots of money in the New Year according to my friend Eszter.  This hot salad will be a welcome dish in my home year round, and pretty enough to serve to deserving company.  The combination of lentils, vegetables, and sausage makes this a wonderful stick-to-your-ribs winter day treat.  However you choose to bring in the New Year, I wish you all a wonderful, and prosperous 2009, and a heaping helping of lentil salad!  Cheers!

Lentil salad Lentil Salad

  • 1 cup dried lentils - picked over and rinsed
  • 3 cups organic, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot - diced
  • 2 celery stalks - diced
  • ½ cup onion - diced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 4 ounces sausage - I used 2 links of leftover chicken and Gouda sausages
  • Feta cheese - crumbled for garnish


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic chili sauce - optional
  • 2 bunches spinach - washed thoroughly and coarsely chopped

In a large stock pot add lentils, chicken broth, water, tomatoes, carrot, celery, onion, Italian seasoning, garlic, and sausage.  Bring all to a boil over medium-high heat, covering pot but leave a gap for steam to escape.  Once boiling, reduce to medium-low and continue to cook until lentils are tender, about 1 hour 50 minutes. 

With about 10 minutes left on your timer for the lentils, begin to sauté the spinach.  In a medium sized skillet, heat EVOO over medium heat.  Once hot, add chili sauce and spinach and sauté until wilted.  Transfer equal portions of spinach to plates and top with lentils and a bit of feta.


  • Posted on   01/01/09 at 09:13:00 AM   by Emily  | 
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Reader Comments (4)

Sandy 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

This looks so good ~ I have some chicken and green apple sausage in the freezer, so I'm definitely keeping this recipe in mind!

Happy New Year!

Emily 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

@Sandy chicken and green apple...wow! That would be fabulous. Happy New Year to you too!

Best, Emily

Nancy 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

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Emily 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

@Nancy Thank you so much for stopping by to say hello! I will petition to my developer to make commenting easier. In the meantime this is keeping the spammers at bay. I hope you do stop by again soon.

Best, Emily

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