In winter many of my favorite salads don’t include lettuce. They are heartier, ressembling more of a comfort food while delivering a nutritional punch and tons of flavor. A salad need not be served cold. Keeping this in mind, the pantry holds so many delicious possibilities. Magic happens when a vinegary dressing is introduced into warm grains or legumes. They come alive with big bold flavor. Toss in roasted vegetables and fresh herbs for brightness and you’ve got a hearty flavorful meal in a bowl. One of the most memorable lunches I ever had was also one of the simplest. It was a warm salad of lentils enjoyed at the Ritz Carleton Hotel in Philadelphia. I have tired to recreate those lentils many times. This recipe comes pretty close to the sublime dish that warmed a cold day and mended a bruised friendship.