Combine all ingredients and allow to marinate for 1 hour at room temperature before serving. Serve at room temperature as is or on a bed of leaf lettuce.
Add 1 cup diced, fried pancetta or 1 cup chopped, cooked bitter greens. Add 2 cups sliced, cooked new potatoes.
Lentils do not need to be soaked. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes for main dishes and 45 to 60 minutes for purees and soups.