Lentils are a type of legume. They come in many different varieties including brown, green, and red. Half a cup of lentils provides 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Due to the amount of soluble fiber lentils can help lower cholesterol, aid in digestive health, and helps with blood sugar control. Also, they can help reduce your risk of heart disease with 179 ug of folate and 36 mg of magnesium per half cup. Folate helps to lower homocysteine levels, an amino acid which has been associated with hardening and thickening of arteries. Magnesium improves blood flow and movement of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
This light salad is a delicious side dish that is packed with protein and flavor. There have been plenty of occasions that this has become a main dish for lunch. It is a quick addition to your menu for the week made possible by Trader Joe’s. These ready-to-go steamed lentils can be used in dozens of ways. Of course uncooked lentils can also be used, but I’m all for convenience when it comes to legumes.
Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Dressing
- 1 package TJ’s Steamed Lentils
- 1 14 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- Juice 1 1/2 lemons
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. In a large bowl stir together the chickpeas, radishes, and fresh mint. Add the dressing and set aside. Heat the lentils according to package directions in the microwave or on the stove. Once warm add them to the other ingredients. Stir and enjoy warm or cold.
Serves: 6 | Serving size: 3/4 cup
Calories: 261, total fat: 6 g, total carbohydrates: 38 g, dietary fiber 27 g, sugars 7 g, protein: 14 g
This is my favorite lentil dish! Do you have a favorite? Tell me below!