Lentil Salad with Capers and Balsamic-Dijon Dressing
A tangy, zingy lentil salad that is nourishing and simple to make! Great for take-along lunches & meal prep.
Servings5 (1 cup servings)
- 1 cup green/brown lentils (uncooked*)
- 3 roma tomatoes (or grape/cherry tomatoes)
- 2 oz. fresh baby spinach
- 1/4 cup chives (or shallot or green onion)
- 2 Tbsp. capers
For the balsamic-dijon dressing:
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, minced
Cook lentils: add 4 cups water to a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Then add lentils (rinsed and drained) and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until firm-tender (not mushy).
Meanwhile, make the dressing: in a small bowl, add all dressing ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
Roughly chop spinach and chives. Dice tomatoes. Place in a large bowl.
When lentils are done cooking, drain, and immediately add to the large bowl. (The heat from the lentils will slightly wilt the spinach.)
Add the dressing and capers. Stir to combine. Adjust flavors if desired or salt/pepper to taste.
Enjoy immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days.
Recipe yields about 5 cups salad.
*If not cooking the lentils from scratch: 1 cup dry lentils equals about 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils.
Calories: 154 kcal | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Protein: 11 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Potassium: 537 mg | Fiber: 13 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 1484 IU | Vitamin C: 12 mg | Calcium: 44 mg | Iron: 4 mg