Inspired by this recipe to try french lentils. Pretty cheap but tastes "meaty" and filling. C didn't think he'd like it but was really surprised when he tasted it and had to change his mind!
This would be great as a summer picnic food or potluck dish. Also could be done "build a bear" style where the lentils are tossed in dressing, and the veggies are on the side.
Cook 1-2 C french lentils in water (enough water to cover by 2 inches) for 25 minutes, or until soft but not mushy. Drain lentils, reserving some of the cooking liquid.
Dressing: combine following in a jar until dressing consistency, tasting for the proportions of each.
Roasted or fresh garlic, minced
lentil cooking liquid
Toss hot (or cold) cooked lentils with dressing, sliced green onion/scallion, chopped parsley, sliced or chopped tomatoes, good quality feta cheese (my favorite is Mt Vikos) and any of your favorite roasted veggies (mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus, onions). Optionally you could add kalamata olives and capers.