Lentil and Pasta Salad
This lentil and pasta salad goes well as a side or a main dish. The light lemon touch adds an expressive flavor that keeps the dish tasting light as well as feeling light. As a main dish it
is very satisfying, especially when served with a crusty bread and some tomato
wedges and a side of fresh fruit.
Lentils and pasta make a great combination, especially in this case.
The lentils provide a lot of nutrition, low fat and about 9 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving. They are also great for dietary fiber, folic acid and a whole passel of other vitamins and minerals. Try the Lentil and Pasta Salad this weekend!
Lightly Lemoned Lentil and Pasta Salad
2 cups of bowtie or Farfalle pasta, preferably whole grain or wheat
1 cup of dried lentils
1 medium carrot, shredded (about 1/3 cup)
2 green onions, chopped
1/3 cup of chopped olives
1 celery stalk, sliced thin
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of tabasco sauce
1/3 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, minced
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
How we make it
Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Refrigerate dressing until salad is prepared.
Add lentils and 2 cups of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. The lentils should be tender but not mushy. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Cook the pasta according to package directions, Drain and rinse with cold water and place in a large bowl.
Add the lentils and the remaining salad ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to completely coat.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Makes 4 servings (about 1/1/4 cups each)
Per serving: Calories 260, Calories from Fat 76, Total Fat 8.62g, Saturated Fat 1.19g, Trans Fat 0.0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 123mg, Potassium 628mg, Total Carbs 33.52g, Dietary Fiber 16.5g, Sugars 2.5g, Protein 13.34g
Serve with a crusty bread and tomato wedges with a side of fresh fruit.
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