Lentils, the tiniest treasures of the legume family, may be small but they are powerful, providing a large dose of dietary fiber along with important vitamins and minerals. Add in lycopene-rich tomatoes and crunchy, tart apples and you’ve got a delicious recipe for good health (and happy diners too!).
Developed by Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness
Place the lentils in a strainer and rinse well. Keep a watchful eye for any pebbles that may have slipped through.
Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the lentils and lower the heat to medium so the lentils simmer gently until just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water to cool.
Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, oil, mustard, and pepper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, scallions, parsley, and apple. Add the cooled lentils and drizzle the vinaigrette. Gently stir everything together.
Nutrition Info Per Serving: (about ¾ cup) 120 calories, 4 g total fat, .5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 5 g protein, 19 g total carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 0 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium
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