Spring is here! The weather is changing gradually, and as I write this blog post at 8 p.m. I can hear the kids still playing outside. I love this time of the year. Even my humor is getting better with the weather. With the change in weather, as usual, my cooking style is changing too. There has been a lot more warming salads recently.
I know the picture doesn’t do it justice, but I made this Lentil Salad a few times and kept it in the fridge for few days. I was eating it every day, and it was so good and filling. Even my teenage daughter was having it for breakfast for few days.
Lentils are very nutritious as we know and it’s a perfect legume to eat all year round. Make stews or dhal during winter and salads in summer. Lentils also compliment any other flavors. It’s nutty and earthy.
Lentils are a great source of folate and magnesium which contributes to a healthy heart. Folate lowers the homocysteine levels (a serious risk factor for heart disease).
Magnesium in the other hand improves blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body.
Insoluble fiber found in lentils help prevent constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and other digestive problems.
Lentils are also an excellent plant protein for vegans and vegetarians.
- 1 can of cooked lentils
- 1/2 a watermelon
- Salt and Black pepper to taste
- 3 table spoon of olive oil
- 2 spring onions
- 1/2 white onion
- Handful of fresh mint (optional)
- Handful of Fresh dill (optional)
- Make a vinaigrette with olive oil, salt, black pepper and the chopped white onion. Keep it in the fridge till you're ready to use.
- In a big salad bowl, add the lentils first, then the chopped melon followed by the mint, dill and spring onions.
- When you are ready to eat, pour the dressing on the salad and mix.
- The leftover can be kept in the fridge for more than 2 days but the water melon and the dill won't be as fresh looking. It still taste very good. I often keep mine in the fridge for my lunches.
I often boil my own lentils at home. Use the packaging instruction or email me to learn how to.