Simple Summer Lentil Salad

Serves 4-5

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry lentils (green French lentils hold their shape best)
  • 1 large bell pepper (any color); washed, seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 1 large cucumber; washed and cut into small cubes
  • Handful of fresh basil (or 2 tablespoons dried basil)
  • ½ cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • Pinch of salt and lots of freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Optional: Soak lentils overnight, drain and rinse. Put lentils into a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until just soft. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2. Add basil, thyme, salt and pepper; pulse until mixed and herbs are coarsely chopped. Add the vegetables, herbs and dressing to the lentils and gently mix. Serve chilled. 

 

Nutrition Facts

 

Calories: 151

Total fat:  1g

Saturated fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium:  4mg

Carbohydrates: 27g

Fiber:  13g

Sugar: 3g

Protein:  11g