Recipe and photo courtesy of: Self
The last thing we want to do in in the summer is spend all our time in the kitchen, when we could be enjoying the beautiful outdoors. This recipe for a Summer Lentil Salad is ridiculously simple and SUPER delicious. Tons of nutrients and flavors are combined to make this unbelievably quick salad that will fill you right up!
Lentils are an incredible source of protein, especially loved by vegetarians and vegans. Buying them precooked is an easy way to get your protein kick for the day and save you a huge chunk of time. Besides being packed with protein, lentils are also known to help with both heart and digestive health while increasing energy and stabilizing blood sugar. Even though lentils are packed with all these amazing benefits, they are still low in calories and totally fill you up!
The fresh veggies and yummy flavors in this salad are sure to leave your taste buds satisfied and make for a perfect meal any time of the day!
There are two ways to make this recipe; it’s always better to go fresh and organic when possible, but when you are looking for a healthy dish on the go (and have a Trader Joe’s in your area) you can cut some corners with pre-made ingredients (see cheat-sheet recipe below!).
Recipe Option #1:
- 2 cups lentils, precooked
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 roma tomato, diced
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic (use the ones in the tubes to save time)
- 1/2 tsp minced ginger (use the ones in the tubes to save time)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- 1 tsp red chili flake (optional for additional spice)
- Toss all ingredients into a bowl and stir with a spoon to fully incorporate the flavors
- Enjoy! (YES, it’s really that easy!!)
Recipe Option #2:
Combine Trader Joe’s Ready-To-Eat Steamed Lentils (cold) with Trader Giotto’s Bruschetta sauce and a squeeze of lemon, stir, and enjoy!