This easy to prepare Mediterranean-style recipe makes a great side salad or a perfect vegetarian lunch or dinner for your Healthiest Way of Eating. It provides you with a wealth of health-promoting vitamins and minerals including 220% of the daily value (DV) for vitamin K, 135% DV for vitamin C, 107% DV for molybdenum, and 79% DV for vitamin A. Enjoy! Prep Time: Prep: 20 min; Cooking: 25 min; Chill: 1 hr Serves 4 Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup dried green lentils (you want to end up with 2 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3oz canned/jar roasted bell peppers (or you can roast yourself), chopped
  • 2 TBS finely minced onion
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 3 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch young dandelion leaves or arugula, chopped (optional)
  • Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Directions:

    1. Wash lentils, remove any foreign matter, and drain. 2. Combine lentils and 2 cups lightly salted water in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook at low temperature for about 20 minutes or until lentils are cooked but still firm. Cook gently so lentils don’t get mushy. When done, drain any excess water and lightly rinse under cold water. Continue to drain excess water. 3. Mince onion and press garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their hidden health-promoting benefits. 4. Place lentils in a bowl and add peppers, onion, garlic, basil, walnuts, vinegar, and 2 TBS olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Marinate for at least 1 hour before serving. 5. Toss dandelion or arugula with 2 TBS olive oil, 1 TBS lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve on plate with lentils.

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