In Poland, pork sausage — like yesterday's leftover kielbasa — is traditionally served with fried onions, sautéed pierogi dumplings, or potatoes, but if you're looking for something that's a little lighter, consider an unusual kielbasa and lentil salad.
Here, the kielbasa is drained of most of its fat, combined with tender lentils and skillet-browned fennel, tossed in a mustard vinaigrette, and served with crunchy frisée leaves. Make this nutritious salad alternative when you read more.
1 1-pound package dried lentils Serves 6 as a first course, or 4 as a main course.
3 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup malt vinegar or apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons coarse-grained Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil
1 pound fully cooked smoked kielbasa sausage, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, peeled, flattened
1 large fennel bulb with fronds, bulb and fronds chopped and reserved separately
5 green onions, chopped
2 heads frisée lettuce or 1 large head curly endive, separated into leaves
1 1-pound package dried lentils
Serves 6 as a first course, or 4 as a main course.