Lentil Salad with Apricots, Pecans & Blue Cheese

Lentil Salad with Apricots, Pecans & Blue Cheese
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Lentil Salad with Apricots, Pecans & Blue Cheese

Paige @ Earthy Feast

Lentil Salad with Apricots, Pecans & Blue Cheese

What can I say, I love my salads. But not just any salad, I love salads with texture and color and spices and herbs, like this salad. The lentils are so good while being good for you and filling you up. The blue cheese is salty and the apricots are sweet. The pecans add crunch and the dressing with the curry and cinnamon is deliciously entertaining. Speaking of entertaining this is the perfect salad to bring to a party or picnic because it travels well and gets better as it sits in the dressing. It might just be my favorite salad.

4
Servings
452
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

If you don’t have apricots you can use peaches. If you don’t like blue cheese you can use feta. If you don’t have pecans you can use walnuts. This salad is so flexible with substitutions and always delicious no matter how you put it together.

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1/2  Cup  Black Lentils
  • Apricots (or peaches)
  • 2  Cups  Arugula
  • 4  Ounces  Blue Cheese (or feta)
  • 1/2  Cup  Pecans
  • 1/2  Cup  Flat leaf parsley
  • Shallot (optional)

For the Dressing

  • Garlic cloves
  • 1  Tablespoon  Mustard
  • 6  Tablespoons  Olive Oil (or your favorite dressing)
  • 5  Tablespoons  Apple cider vinegar
  • 1  Teaspoon  Curry
  • 1  Teaspoon  Cumin
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  Cinnamon
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  Pepper flakes
  • Pinch of  Salt and Pepper

Directions

For the Salad

Cook lentils according to directions. For a salad like this I like the lentils al dente. While the lentils are cooking, slice the apricots and chop the pecans and parsley. Drain the cooked lentils then toss them with arugula and top with the rest of the salad ingredients.

For the Dressing

Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and blend. If you don’t have a blender you can finely mince the garlic and combine all the dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake it up. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
32g
46%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
34g
26%
Protein
13g
28%
Vitamin A, RAE
147µg
21%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
15mg
20%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
145µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
254mg
25%
Choline, total
28mg
7%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
127µg
32%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
96mg
30%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
217mg
31%
Selenium, Se
13µg
24%
Sodium, Na
864mg
58%
Water
167g
6%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Lentil Salad Shopping Tip

Buy lettuce that is crisp and free of blemishes.

Lentil Salad Cooking Tip

Before dressing, keep your salad chilled in the refrigerator to stay crisp.