Recipe for lentil, arugula, and feta salad

Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

Serves 4

For this hearty salad, buy small gray-green Le Puy lentils from France (available at specialty markets). They have a slight peppery flavor and don’t fall apart after cooking. Pound the coriander seeds in a mortar or enclose them in a zipper bag and crush with a rolling pin.

5 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, coarsely crushed
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup small green lentils (such as
Le Puy)
¼ red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 bunches (6 cups) arugula, stemmed
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

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1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil with the coriander seeds. Add the tomatoes, cut sides down. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the tomatoes are slightly soft but still hold their shape. Remove the pan from the heat. With a slotted spoon, transfer tomatoes to a plate to cool.

2. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Stir in the vinegar, salt, and pepper. Leave to cool in the pan.

3. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the lentils. Simmer over medium-low heat 18 to 20 minutes, or until they are tender but still hold their shape. Drain into a colander and without rinsing, transfer to a bowl.

4. Stir in the onion and 3 tablespoons of the oil mixture in the skillet. Cover and set aside to cool to warm room temperature.

5. Stir in the cilantro and cherry tomatoes.

6. In a serving bowl, toss the arugula with the remaining oil mixture. Spoon the lentils on top and sprinkle with the feta.
Sally Pasley Vargas