* These small greenish-black lentils have a nutty flavor and hold their shape well after cooking. To prepare: Combine 1/2 cup lentils with 2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Cool and drain well before using. (You will not need all the lentils for this salad.)
** Crumbled French goat cheese, Roquefort or Gorgonzola would also be delicious.