Lentils aren’t just good for soups and curry dishes. They’re also great in salads. For this Divine Lentil Salad, I pulled together the cream of the crop – ingredients ranging from black lentils, which are overflowing with health benefits, king trumpet mushrooms, collard greens, kale, onion, tomatoes, and chickpeas. And to round out these lovely ingredients, I added pink Himalayan salt, garlic, lemon juice, turmeric, balsamic, basil and avocado. The finished product was so darn tasty and surprisingly filling!

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DIVINE LENTIL SALAD

Yields 2 generous servings

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup black lentils
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 large bunch greens (kale, collard greens or Swiss chard), stems removed
  • 1 cup mushrooms (I used king trumpet), sliced
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
  • 1/2 cup red onion or shallot, diced
  • 1 lemon, halved and fresh squeezed
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted
  • 4-6 large basil leaves, thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Rinse and drain lentils, then cook in a medium-sized pot of boiling, salted water for about 10–15 minutes, or until tender.
  • Once cooked, drain and set aside to cool.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and cook until tender.
  • Add mushroom and cook until golden brown and tender.
  • Add garlic and greens. Cook until the garlic becomes aromatic and the greens are wilted and bright green in color (~3 minutes).
  • Season with salt, red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine lentils, chickpeas, and remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
  • Season with salt, red pepper flakes, ground turmeric to taste.
  • Divide the lentil/chickpea mixture among 2 serving dishes, top with greens mixture, avocado, basil, and enjoy!

To your health!
Coach Jentry

 

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