Cold Lentil Salad

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This lentil salad is very simple and yet very tasty. It is perfect for picnics and summer gatherings. If you grow fresh herbs and tomatoes, it will come out even better. It is appropriate for vegan, gluten-free, and generally healthy eating.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 bulbs garlic

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided

  • 1 pound dry brown lentils

  • 4 cups water, or as needed to cover

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Peel outer skins from garlic bulbs and cut about 1/4 inch from the top of each bulb to expose cloves; place each bulb onto a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle each with about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, and wrap garlic bulbs in the foil. Place wrapped bulbs into a baking dish.

  3. Bake garlic in the preheated oven until soft, about 30 minutes. Let bulbs cool.

  4. Place lentils into a 5-quart pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender but not mushy, about 15 minutes; stir occasionally. Drain lentils in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with cold water to cool; drain again.

  5. Break garlic bulbs apart and squeeze cloves to release cooked garlic. Place garlic into a large salad bowl and add grape tomatoes, parsley, and green onions. Whisk balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Fold lentils into tomato mixture and pour dressing over salad; gently toss to coat. Keep refrigerated until serving time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

183 Calories
6g Fat
26g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 19mg 97%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 526mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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