Lentil salad with sausage and carrot

Tags: French, lentil, salad
. Serves 4–5. 13 steps
2 cups dried green lentils bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, simmer 20 minutes or until almost tender. drain mix, warm until heated through
6 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 sausage brown slice thinly
1 tablespoon olive oil reserve cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until just softened
1 onion chop finely
4 carrots cut into 5mm slices
2 stalks celery cut into 3mm slices
1 tablespoon garlic chopped finely
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/4 cup red wine vinegar blend
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
The idea behind this dish is to mimic meat without using very much meat: the lentils give bulk, the carrots give a resilient texture, and the sausage gives the flavour.
A kielbasa is a good sausage to use here.