Wholesome Lentil Salad Recipe
Fresh goes a long way. Although a buzz on colourful filling salads has echoed throughout the world, I still feel that salad meals are often underrated. That's a pity since there are a lot of benefits in choosing a hearty wholesome salad for lunch, whether you're making one yourself or eating out:
- It's quick to make (especially if you prepped some ingredients the night before)
- It's beneficial for you (think about the intake of insoluble fiber, minerals and vitamins, etc.)
- It can help you feel full for a longer time (if well-balanced: made with protein packed ingredients like legumes or plant-based/animal protein and healthy fats, e.g. cold pressed oils, nuts & seeds)
- It makes the perfect lunch box as there's no need to keep it hot
If you are still skeptical about this 'salad as the perfect on-the-go meal' idea, try this recipe out. Trust in me the way I trust You as a kitchenJulie reader. Namaste.
Hands on time: 15 minutes | Total time: 15 mins or 15' + legume or grain cooking time
- cooked Puy lentils
- feta cheese
- cherry tomatoes
- baby zucchini
- dried cranberries
- toasted almond flakes or whole or chopped almonds
For the dressing:
- lemon juice
- olive oil
- salt + pepper
- a bit of honey
Assembling The Salad
Wash rocket and dry thoroughly. The worst thing one can do to a fresh salad is add wet ingredients to a salad bowl. You'll end up with a soggy mess if you do so and we don't like soggy. Repeat with the rest of veggies you'll be using. Slice cherry tomatoes in half or quarter them, thinly slice leek, celery as well as courgette. Add cooked drained lentils, toasted almonds (yes, you do need to toast them to get that deep nutty flavour) and cranberries. Add feta cheese. Finally, add orange pulp. The easiest way is to cut the orange in half, cut off the peel together with the white layer so that you see the orange flesh exposed. Now cut out each of the orange slices and add to your salad bowl. Drizzle some olive oil or a nice nut oil of your choice (I think macadamia would go really well here), squeeze some lemon juice, drizzle with a bit of honey, season with salt & pepper. Now in go your hands. Toss everything and you're ready to eat. Voila!
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