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Lentil Mango Salad

Lentil Mango Salad


  • Author: Ashu Chawla
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This healthy salad is made with cooked lentils, diced fresh mangoes, red & green bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, almonds, parsley, and lemon juice dressing – perfect to make ahead for lunch for the week as the flavors only get better overnight.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups lentils (cooked)
  • 2 mangoes cut into pieces
  • 1 small red onion (finely chopped)
  • ½ cup tomato (chopped)
  • ½ cup zucchini chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper chopped
  • ¼ cup green pepper chopped
  • 8 pickled jalapenos
  • ¼ cup chopped spinach
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley or mint or basil
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt (as needed)
  • freshly ground pepper (as desired)
  • 1½ tbsp deli honey mustard sauce
  • 15 salted almonds

Instructions

  • Rinse the lentils with cold water and drain. Combine the lentils, bay leaf, and 1 tsp.  salt in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover by 4 inches and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently until the lentils are tender and falling apart, about 10 minutes. Drain the lentils in a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the bay leaf and let the lentils cool for 10 minutes in the sieve.
  • Prep the veggies while the lentils are cooking. Add them to a large serving bowl.
  • Make the dressing by whisking together all vinaigrette ingredients(lemon juice, salt, pepper, olive oil and mustard sauce) in a small mixing bowl.
  • Toss all ingredients together. Enjoy immediately or cover and chill until cooled, about 2-3 hours.

Notes

  1. What we love about beans or lentils salad is that that they are so easily customizable! Don’t have fresh bell peppers, but have roasted peppers? Swap them in! Don’t have tomatoes? Leave them out! Add peach or pineapple instead of mango to add an extra flavor! Replace almonds with pine nuts or cashews or honey-roasted peanuts.
  2. Add feta cheese to the salad.
  3. Olives give a different flavor to the salad.
  4. If you love intense lemon flavor, feel free to mince, roast the lemon peels and add to the salad. 
  5. Add kale or other green leafy vegetables of your choice.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Accompaniment, Appetizer, Salad, Snack
  • Cuisine: American, Indian

Keywords: Lentil Snack, Lentils Salad

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