Cherry-Lentil Salad

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Cherry-Lentil Salad
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
199
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
4g
6%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.6g
2.8%
Protein
10g
20%
Carbs
33g
11%
Vitamin A
17µg
2%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
11.8%
Vitamin C
9mg
15%
Vitamin E
0.8mg
4%
Vitamin K
47µg
59%
Calcium
41mg
4%
Fiber
6g
22%
Folate (food)
186µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
186µg
46%
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
30mg
7%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
6%
Phosphorus
121mg
17%
Polyunsaturated
0.6g
N/A
Potassium
422mg
12%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
6.4%
Sodium
302mg
13%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
22.6%
Zinc
1mg
9%

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