Cherry-Lentil Salad

Cherry-Lentil Salad
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Cherry-Lentil Salad

Whole Foods Market

Cherry-Lentil Salad

Bring this colorful salad featuring cherries to summer picnics and barbecues. Green lentils cook quickly and stay firm in salads, but you can substitute other types of lentils if you like — just be sure to adjust cooking times and drain the lentils when they are tender but still hold their shape.

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8
Servings
367
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  Cup  dried green French lentils
  • 5  Cups  water
  • 2  Tablespoons  red-wine vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 2  Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1  Teaspoon  fine sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  Cups  fresh cherries (about 1 pound), pitted and halved
  • 1  Cup  chopped basil

Directions

Combine the lentils and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, partially covered, until just tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, oil, scallions, salt, and pepper. Add the warm lentils and toss until coated. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate if not serving immediately. Toss with the cherries and basil just before serving. Season with more salt or vinegar, to taste.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
23g
33%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
34g
26%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
181µg
26%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
50mg
67%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
42µg
47%
Calcium, Ca
154mg
15%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
60µg
15%
Iron, Fe
9mg
50%
Magnesium, Mg
43mg
13%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Phosphorus, P
161mg
23%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
396mg
26%
Water
229g
8%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Cherry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Cherry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.