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Bella Cooks: Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Posted Feb 27 2011 12:00am

This meal was taken straight from the Trader Joe’s Cookbook .  I was looking for high protein, low(ish) carb ideas for my Lean &  Green meals, and my sister highly recommended it.  It’s so quick and easy that now I do, too.

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Nutrition Info: (Serving size = 1 1/2 cups) Calories: 467, Fat: 14.3g, Carb: 59.9g, Fiber 21.3g, Sugar: 4.4g, Protein: 23.6g Makes 2 servings.

1 pkg Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils (this is what makes it quick and easy)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (to taste, I added more)
1 cup tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes)
1 handful Italian parsley, chopped
1 handful mint (I omitted this, because I’m not a fan of mint)
1/4 cup red onion, chopped (my addition, omit if desired)
salt and pepper to taste

There really aren’t any directions.  You just mix everything together in a bowl and enjoy.  This is a delicious side dish or a great main course.  Since I’m using it as a main dish, I made two portions, which I’m going to have over a bed of spinach leaves.

All ready to go for the week.  This is definitely the type of dish that gets better as the flavors meld together.  Quick, easy, nutritious.  Enjoy!!

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