Lentils with Radicchio and Feta Cheese

The secret to radicchio is to give it a good soak in ice water, which draws out most of the bitterness, leaving just the yum.

-One to two hours before you want to make this salad, start soaking the radicchio...

-Cut 1 head of radicchio into thin strips.

-Put in a salad spinner or large bowl filled with water and 6-10 ice cubes.

-Let soak, then drain and spin dry before using.

-Add ½ cup lentils and 2 cups water, to a medium sized sauce pan.

-Simmer covered for 20 minutes until lentils are tender.

-Drain well.

-Toss lentils with the following:

1½ TBS extra-virgin olive oil

1 TBS red-wine vinegar

The zest and juice from 1 fresh lemon

-Set aside to cool to almost room temperature.

-When the lentils are cool, stir the radicchio into the lentils, then add the following:

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

-Toss well and serve.