Bacon Lentil Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup French green lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup whole wheat bulgur
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup diced bacon
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • several large handfuls spinach
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Directions

  1. In a saucepan place lentils, bay leaf, and garlic in the 2 cups water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 15-20 minutes until tender but not mushy.  Remove bay leaf and drain any excess liquid.  Mash the garlic and return to the lentils.
  2. In another pot bring the bulgur and 1 cup water to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes until tender but not mushy.  (Alternately you can soak the bulgur overnight)  Drain bulgur and mix with the lentils.
  3. Fry the bacon in a skillet until crisp.  Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the lentil and bulgur mixture.  Pour off some bacon grease but reserve a small amount in the skillet.  Sauté the onions in the bacon grease just until softened, a minute or two.  Add to the lentils along with the tomatoes and several large handfuls of spinach.  Season with the oregano, salt, and pepper to taste.  Drizzle with olive oil.

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