1 pound French green lentils (Le Puy), picked over and rinsed
2 ounces slab bacon
2 shallots—1 halved, 1 minced
1 bay leaf
5 cups water
1 cup pecans
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Freshly ground pepper
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
6 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
How to Make It
In a large saucepan, combine the lentils with the bacon, halved shallot and bay leaf. Add the water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until the lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain, discarding the bay leaf, shallot and slab bacon. Let cool.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast until fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
In a large bowl, whisk the oil with the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Add the lentils, pecans, minced shallot, celery and goat cheese and toss well. Serve right away.
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