This salad is good without the egg but there is something about the way it tastes with the soft yolk that just sends the flavor to a whole other level.
Warm Black Lentil and Beet Salad
3/4 c black lentil (or lentil of choice really)
4 small beets, I ended up with about 1 1/2 c chopped
3 T olive oil
1 c chopped yellow onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T champagne or white wine vinegar
1 T Dijon mustard
1/4 t dried thyme or 1/2 t fresh
salt & pepper
Cook the lentil according to directions until soft. Drain.
Meanwhile, clean the beets & boil them until soft, about 20 - 25 minutes. Drain & let cool. Cut into small pieces. (You could also roast the beets if you wish).
Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery & garlic & sauté until tender. Add the cooked lentils & beets & heat through.
Whisk the remaining olive oil, vinegar, mustard & thyme together. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Stir into the warm lentil & vegetable mixture (I'd add a little at a time to make sure not to overdress as everyone likes a different amount of dressing). Keep warm.
Poach or soft fry the eggs. Divide the salad between two dishes & top each with an egg.
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