Servings: 4 as a side dish
The nutty notes of a mild ale play well with those in the lentils and hazelnuts, while cherries and parsley add bright contrast to this hearty side dish. It’s a fantastic accompaniment to roast chicken or duck.
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Absolutely delicious as either a vegan main (for 2) or a side (for 4-5) - robust and unexpected flavor from a lentil salad. I thought a cup of parsley would be too much, but added it all and it was the right amount. If making as a side, I might reduce the oil in the dressing as well as the total amount of nuts to reduce calories - the flavor would still be great. Another time, I might also put more of the beer with the lentils and save just 1/4 cup for soaking the cherries. When my cherries didn't seem to soften (15 min was not enough), I heated them in the beer briefly in the microwave. Finally, although the hazelnuts had a great flavor and crunch, they can be hard to obtain - this would work well with toasted pecans or walnuts if needed.
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