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Lentil Salad with Apricots, Pecans & Blue Cheese

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.

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

For the Dressing

  • 2 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
Servings4
Calories Per Serving482
Total Fat38g59%
Sugar5gN/A
Saturated9g45%
Cholesterol21mg7%
Protein14g29%
Carbs24g8%
Vitamin A103µg11%
Vitamin B120.3µg5.8%
Vitamin B60.3mg12.7%
Vitamin C7mg11%
Vitamin D0.1µgN/A
Vitamin E4mg19%
Vitamin K29µg36%
Calcium206mg21%
Fiber5g22%
Folate (food)142µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)142µg35%
Iron3mg17%
Magnesium48mg12%
Monounsaturated22gN/A
Niacin (B3)1mg7%
Phosphorus238mg34%
Polyunsaturated5gN/A
Potassium461mg13%
Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg12.1%
Sodium374mg16%
Thiamin (B1)0.3mg21.9%
Zinc2mg16%