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
368
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
  • 1 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
8g
11%
Sugar
38g
42%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
12mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
66g
51%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
173µg
25%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
397mg
40%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Fluoride, F
9µg
0%
Folate, total
63µg
16%
Iron, Fe
10mg
56%
Magnesium, Mg
121mg
38%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
168mg
24%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
12µg
22%
Sodium, Na
436mg
29%
Water
207g
8%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

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.