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I grabbed a bag of lentils at Costco a while back and I was running out of ways to put them to use, that wasn’t so repetitive. So I played around with a favorite salad of mine, and replaced the black eyed peas with the lentils. Try it out and see if you love it as much as I do! I love Mexican food, and my Granny taught me a few southern tricks of the trade, and thats where my usual black eyed peas came into play. Now I am proud to say that I have options!
High Protein Lentil Salad
1 cup dry lentils (green or brown)
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (could use black eyed peas here too)
1 red bell pepper
1 C thawed sweet corn kernels
1/2 small red onion (or sweet onion)
1-2 Roma tomatoes
Large bunch cilantro, stems removed
1 medium avocado, chopped
Optional: green onion (I love onions, so I use them!)
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1/8-1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
Tapatio hot sauce, to your personal taste
Cook lentils according to package directions, leaving them firm and not mushy.
While lentils are cooking, you can make the dressing: place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
Finely dice the bell pepper, onion, avocados and tomatoes. Roughly chop the cilantro.
In a large bowl, place the black beans, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, and lentils.
Add the dressing and toss to combine. Add avocado and cilantro, and lightly toss.
Serve immediately or chill covered in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors combine.
I LOVE to eat this with tortilla chips, but it is amazing just as it is, a stand-alone salad packed with protein! Enjoy!