Lentil Salad with Bacon and Dates

Lentil Salad with Bacon and Dates
Lentils are so good for you. They are high in protein and fiber; they are cheap, last a really long time on your shelf, are super filling and also high in iron. Ladies, you know you need more iron.

There is however one case where lentils are not good for you or maybe it is just me. Here is a recount of the day I began to realize that lentils might not be good for me, also known as Valentine’s Day 2011.

I have the day off, I am looking forward to sleeping in, and being to work every day at 6am can really take a toll. But it is now about 545am and I can hear my Teta’s slippers sliding around on my hardwood floors. Teta is what we call our grandma in Arabic, she is visiting from Lebanon and my sweet dad must have dropped her off on his way to work. I stumble out to the living room half asleep and she insists we have coffee, she would make it but she doesn’t know where anything is. I make coffee. She doesn’t stop talking. As the day goes on we clean every square inch of my house, including the screens on all the windows and scrubbing the front walk with bleach. We also rearrange all the furniture and hang the art where she wants it. Now when I say “we” I really mean “me”.  She would help but her feet hurt. We then cover all the furniture with sheets because my sister has a cat and the cat is going to get hair on everything. She still hasn’t stopped talking. When she wants me to take a break we sit, when she finds something else for me to do, I do it. I am starting to see where I get my bossy-ness from. I HATE it. After a  trip to Ross and a 45 minute story about Jesus we start making dinner. It’s barely 2pm but on Teta time, it’s time to start making dinner. We make in total about 16 gallons of lentil soup. Do you know how much soup that is; like enough to feed a battalion of hungry lentil loving fools who want seconds and thirds. When my dad rolls up at about 430pm I am haggard and cant wash off the smell of onions.

That will forever be one of my most memorable Valentine’s days. I ate lentil soup breakfast, lunch and dinner until sometime in early April. So now it has been a few months and I am starting to be able to eat lentils again; I came up with this salty-sweet salad that goes well over mixed greens or as a side to something equally as delicious. It can also be eaten directly from the pan while standing over the stove.

1 Cup Lentils
4 Dates
2 Strips Bacon
¼ Red Onion
3 Cloves Garlic
Handful of Parsley
1 Lemon’s Juice
Salt and Pepper

Lentils are dirty, make sure you rinse them at least three times and examine to assure maximum wholesomeness. I found a black bean in mine. Weird. Boil the picked over and rinsed lentils in about double the water until tender, this usually takes about twenty minutes. Sometimes when lentils are cooked long enough they will pop and look fluffy; that’s ok.

Meanwhile chop the bacon, red onion, garlic and dates. Dates are sticky and will try to stick to your knife; coat it with olive oil and they will be unsuccessful. Add these ingredients to a deep frying pan with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook until the bacon is crispy. Then add the examined, rinsed and cooked lentils, chopped parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

In the Middle East people don’t eat bacon, it’s really hard to find in stores and when you do find it will be coiled up in a little can just like they sell tuna here. Which means that Teta would never make this; and I can guarantee that no matter how good this is, your Teta won’t like it, and look at you pitifully because this is obviously why you aren’t married.

1 comment:

  1. As official taste tester of this delicious concoction, I can officially say it is SO YUMMY! And yes, best eaten directly from the stove.