Lentil And Watermelon Salad| Healthy Salad

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 humour 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 flavours. It’s nutty and earthy. I usually buy a big bag of dry lentils which comes cheaper then I boil it using my Instant Pot.  Sometimes all that cooking on a budget and eating well everyday needs is thinking and planning! And also investing in kitchen equipment that would, in the long run, saves you more money, time and energy.

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 fibre found in lentils helps prevent constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and other digestive problems.

Lentils are also an excellent plant protein for vegans and vegetarians.

Lentil And Watermelon Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Lentil And Watermelon Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 can of cooked lentils
  • 1/2 a watermelon
  • {Himalayan Salt|http://astore.amazon.com/evecoowitmir-20/detail/B01CSBRIEE] and Black pepper to taste
  • 3 table spoon of |olive oil|http://astore.amazon.com/evecoowitmir-20/detail/B00DV6ZJD8]
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1/2 white onion
  • Handful of fresh mint (optional)
  • Handful of Fresh dill (optional)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. In a big salad bowl, add the lentils first, then the chopped melon followed by the mint, dill and spring onions.
  3. When you are ready to eat, pour the dressing on the salad and mix.
  4. 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.

Notes

I often boil my own lentils at home. Use the packaging instruction or email me to learn how to.

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9 Comments

  1. Desiree
    February 10, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Nigella’s watermelon salad is a family fav as is an ancient grains salad by George Colombaris.
    Yours bring the 2 together
    As you say keeps well & great for leftovers.

    • Mira
      Author
      February 10, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      That’s awesome Desiree! I’m glad you like it 🙂

  2. May 18, 2017 / 11:23 am

    Watermelon makes everything better. Wouldn’t you agree?

    • Mira
      Author
      May 18, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      I am with you in this Elise. I love love watermelon!

  3. May 18, 2017 / 10:34 am

    A tempting salad. By adding lentils, it becomes a meal on its own and anything with watermelon in it is a winner with me 🙂

    • Mira
      Author
      May 18, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      You got that right Mayuri! I love watermelon too

  4. April 12, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I live in Utah, so I don’t have much humor during the winter either, Mira. I love all the information you give about the ingredients and their health benefits!

    • Mira
      Author
      April 13, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Thank you, Benny! I like the plugin btw!

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