Maple Dijon Lentil Salad

March 3, 2021
Lentils are one of my favorite cold weather foods because they keep me full all day and give me a bunch of energy from their slow release carbs. They are quick and easy to prepare and they absorb all of the flavors from the spices and seasonings they are cooked with. I also like that they can be purchased in the bulk section to reduce plastic packaging waste.
The salads that I eat in the winter tend to be much heavier than my summertime blends. I like to add in all kinds of roots, fruits, and nuts to make the salad as dense as possible. My seasonal favorites include carrots, cranberries, and walnuts, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. I do recommend using green or brown lentils, as they retain their shape better and stay hearty rather than turning mushy. A lentil salad is a classic French staple that is perfectly complemented by a maple Dijon dressing.
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Maple Dijon Lentil Salad

Recipe Type: Detox Salads
utensils YIELDS 3–4 servings
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  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup green or brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup scallions, diced
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste
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1. Add the water to a large pot and bring to a boil.

2. Add the lentils and reduce to a simmer, cooking for about 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft.

3. While the lentils are cooking, prepare the dressing. Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk together.

4. Remove lentils from the stove and pour into a strainer. Run under cold water to cool and stop from cooking. Return lentils to the large pot.

5. Add the onions, carrots, cranberries, walnuts, and scallions to the lentils and stir.

6. Pour the dressing over the lentils and mix well.

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.


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