Earthy textures make this salad as interesting
to look at as it is to eat. French lentils are firmer than many other varieties, so they won't get mushy or break apart as they simmer. Don't be turned off by the gnarled appearance of celery root. Once caramelized, the vegetable's citrusy, licoricelike flavor shines.
Bacon in a salad doesn't necessarily scream
"healthy!" but because the meat is used in
moderation, this dish is still a winner. Just two
slices (for four servings) impart a smoky flavor
into the vinaigrette that coats the greens.
Whatever herbs you have on hand -- basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, you name it -- can be used up in this salad. This recipe is adapted from Jennifer Trainer Thompson's "Jump Up and Kiss Me" (Ten Speed; 1996).