I was asked to participate in the #LoveLentils campaign, sponsored by Canadian Lentils. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
Healthy, nutrition-packed salads are an under-rated holiday food. I know this is probably an unpopular opinion but I stand by it. Healthy always has a place at the table but that certainly doesn’t mean it has to lack creativity or flavour.
Salads, especially filling salads, are not often enough brought to holiday potlucks or family gatherings. I think it’s probably because we don’t associate salad as a food that will fill you up. It’s more of a ‘Oh I should have some of this salad Aunt Susan brought because it would be rude not to,’ type of dish.
Lucky for you, today I’m going to blow your mind with salad knowledge and share with you a recipe that is not only delicious and easy to make, but also really filling! This Arugula Lentil Salad is the star of the show and is the perfect tool to pass on your helpful new salad making tips to Aunt Susan.
If you haven’t guessed already, my secret ingredient is lentils! Lentils are quick cooking, require no soaking time, and are a nutritional powerhouse. This Arugula Lentil Salad is packed with flavour and is so simple to put together.
- 1 cup whole, green lentils
- 2.5 cups water
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 150g feta, crumbled
- 142g Baby Arugula (approx. 5 cups) - or your favourite mixed greens
- 3 Tbsp Canola Oil
- 1 Tbsp Vinegar (Apple Cider or Rice Wine work well)
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- Combine water and green lentils in a pot over medium heat.
- Cook lentils for 15-20 minutes. Add a pinch of salt near the end of cooking time. Set aside to cool.
- In a small container combine dressing ingredients and combine.
- In a medium bowl combine cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta, and cooled lentils. Add dressing and mix to combine.
- Serve on top of a bed of arugula.
- If transporting to a potluck, complete up to Step 4 and combine with arugula just before eating to avoid soggy salad!
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