Lentils pack a powerful nutritional punch. High in fiber, they help lower your cholesterol and protect your heart. Their calories are made up of complex carbohydrates which help to manage blood sugar (especially important for diabetics); and they are a good source of iron, B-vitamins, folate and magnesium. In addition, this low-fat legume is an incredibly inexpensive source of vegetarian protein – one cup of cooked lentils contains 17 grams! Whew! The mighty lentil, who knew?
It’s super easy to cook up a big batch of this salad. It will keep in the fridge for several days ready to be packed for lunch and it’s also perfect to take to a picnic, potluck, or barbeque where there may not be many choices for a healthy or vegetarian eater. This recipe can easily be adapted for a vegan or dairy-free diet; simply omit the cheese.
Canned lentils are a handy substitute for dried; you’ll need about two cans, drained and rinsed.