Jan 1

BLT Salad (Bacon, Lentil, Tomato)

Happy New Year to all! Hope everyone is recovering easily today.

Me, well, I’m hosting brunch and fell asleep right before the ball dropped, so I’m doing just fine. Woke up with more than enough time to prepare this “good luck” dish as part of our meal…

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Eating lentils is a must with Italians to bring luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. This salad is simple to make and can be served with just about anything. Plus, it can be made well in advance.

We’ll be having our Vasilopita today as well – can’t wait to see who gets the lucky coin!

Hope 2014 is a fantastic year for all of you! Thanks so much for your love and support these past 3 years. Looking forward to even bigger and better things to come in the fourth year 🙂

BLT Salad (Bacon, Lentil, Tomato)
from Pancake Weekend

4 pieces bacon, cut into chunks
2 cups lentils
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 pound grape tomatoes, cut in half or quartered

Cook lentils for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Meanwhile, saute bacon in a pan. Remove to drain, and reserve drippings in pan.

Turn heat to low and carefully add vinegar, oil, thyme and salt to pan, whisking until combined. Turn heat off.

Drain lentils and transfer to a bowl. Pour hot dressing over lentils, and bring to room temperature.

Add tomatoes and bacon to lentils. Toss and serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to eat.

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