This is a Taste of Home recipe (Yet again! What can I say, I like Taste of Home!). The combination of ingredients looked really good, and I'm always up for trying something new. Originally it called for chicken, but we have a huge thing of ham in the fridge, so once again I substituted ham for the chicken.
After making and eating this salad, I debated whether to post this recipe or not. I didn't particularly care for it, but Jeff liked it. In the end I thought, why not? After all, I took pictures, and I might as well post them. So here it is.
Lentil Ham Salad
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
1 cup cooked lentils
1 cup diced ham (or chicken)
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chunky salsa
2 tbsp. dried onions (original recipe called for 4 green onions, chopped)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, salsa, onions, and lemon juice. Pour over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.
This recipe was deceptively time-consuming. Sure, the instructions just say, combine the ingredients. But when you look at the ingredients, about half of them say chopped, diced, or shredded! It took a little while to prep all the veggies and stuff.
Like I said, this wasn't my favorite salad. I though the mayo and salsa would turn out really good, but it just didn't do it for me. I like the idea of lentils in a salad, especially because they're healthy, easy and quick to cook, and very inexpensive. But next time, I'll probably just make up a different salad to put them in.
***Update: I took some leftover salad and added about a teaspoon of sugar. It tasted much better! More like a coleslaw. With sugar, this salad goes from weird to tasty.***