Lemon Lentil Salad

Lentils are a tasty legume that are packed with a protein punch. With a whopping 18g per cup, you can be sure to be satiated for up to 3 hours after consumption. The benefits of lentils are ten fold; from lowering cholesterol, to stabilizing blood sugar and improving digestion, you can be certain this recipe is naturally nourishing. It even boosts your energy. How? Lentils are a complex carbohydrate high in fiber, which help increase steady, slow-burning energy. Lentils are also high in iron, which help transport oxygen throughout your body that is key to energy production and metabolism.

Naturally Nora Tips:

Consumption Options:

  • Breakfast: I typically recommend a protein packed breakfast to keep energy levels up throughout the morning. Consume about a cup of this salad for breakfast.
  • Lunch or Dinner: for a heartier meal, pair about 1 cup of this lentil salad with 4-6oz of your favourite fish.  My Lemon Pepper Baked Salmon is a nice compliment.

Lemon Lentil Salad
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4 servings
What You Need
  • 2 15-ounce cans lentils rinsed (BPA Free) or 3 cups cooked brown or green lentils (see Tip below)
  • 1⁄3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1⁄3 cup extra-virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 
1⁄2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
What You Do
  1. Whisk lemon juice, dill, mustard, salt and pepper in a large bowl.Gradually whisk in oil.
  2. Add bell pepper, cucumber, onion, lentils and toss to coat.
  3. TIP: To cook lentils place in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until just tender, about 20 minutes for green lentils and 30 minutes for brown. Drain and rinse under cold water.

 

About Nora DeBora

Nora DeBora is one of Toronto's leading Health and Wellness professionals who is certified in holistic nutrition, yoga and personal training. She specializes in digestive wellness and is passionate about educating and empowering her clients to achieve their optimal health goals.

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