1Bring a pot of salted water to the boil, add lentils, lemon, garlic and bay leaves. Simmer lentils for about 20 min until the lentils are al dente. *Note if you soak the lentils overnight this will shorten the cooking time.
Drain well, remove lemon and bay leaves but keep the garlic cloves in there and mash them slightly with the back of a spoon.
In a jar combine all the vinaigrette ingredients (including the dates/currants), tighten the lid and shake vigorously until dressing is well incorporated.
Pour the dressing over the lentils and let it marinate the lentils. Then add the herbs, almonds and feta if using.
With a few additions to this basic recipe it can feel like a brand new meal each time try switching up the herbs, and nuts or try it with goats cheese and add some roasted beetroot.
These will keep in the fridge for up to four days in an airtight container.
If you don't have the time to cook your lentils yourself, that's no problem just replace with two tins of brown lentils, rinsed and drained.
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