Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado

Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado

This Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado is a lip smacking salad infused with eastern flavors and loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats and robust nutrients!

There are several types of lentil salads prepared all over the world. The version here is similar to the ones prepared in the south/east Mediterranean and the middle east.

Lentils are of many kinds; quick and easy to prepare. Here, I have used the green lentils, as they cook to a firm texture without falling apart. Lentils are an excellent source of protein, fiber, folic acid, manganese, iron and phosphorus. They are a good source of soluble fiber – which helps lower cholesterol levels. Lentils being a plant food, are a source of phytochemicals and considered to be beneficial in lowering the risk of obesity, heart disease and obesity.

 

Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado

 

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The high fiber, folic acid and good amount of potassium make lentils a heart healthy food. The dietary fiber also aids with good digestion, regularity and satiety. Lentils provide good amount of bulk and fill you up, and therefore can be part of a weight loss approach. Being a good source of selenium, lentils can support a healthy immune system and protection against cancer

All the other ingredients in this salad contribute to an impressive flavor, texture and taste. The avocados add a chunky smooth texture. I have previously discussed about avocados in my post about a Creamy Leek Avocado Cilantro Soup.

Whether you are from the east or the west, I think that you are going to love this easy and tasty spiced herbed lentil salad with avocado!

 

Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado

 

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Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado
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NUTRITION FACTS
Servings: 8                Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories 247, Total Fat 8 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g), Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 155 mg, Potassium 751 mg, Phosphorus 273 mg, Total Carbohydrate 32 g, Dietary Fiber 13 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 13 g

 

*The sodium value may vary. The suggested amount of salt is just a guideline and may need to be adjusted. Check for any added salt in spice mixes and other ingredients and adjust.

 

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS
2 cups dried green lentils
1 ½ cups diced grape tomatoes
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced English cucumber
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped mint
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, adjust to taste
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
Black pepper, to taste
One avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

 

Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado

 

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DIRECTIONS

Cook the lentils in about twice the amount of water. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes, until the lentils are cooked well but not mushy.

Once the lentils have cooled down a little, place it in a wide salad mixing bowl. Add the tomatoes, red bell pepper, cucumber, scallions, parsley, cilantro and mint.

Prepare the salad dressing with the grated garlic, cumin, paprika, olive oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper. The pomegranate molasses may be used if preferred.

Stir the salad dressing with all the other ingredients and toss well. Adjust the seasoning as per taste. Add the diced avocado in the end and toss.

Let it rest at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.

The spiced herbed lentil salad with avocado may be served over a bed of romaine lettuce.

 

Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

Notes:
May use pickled cucumbers instead of fresh cucumbers.

 
 
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Spiced Herbed Lentil Salad with Avocado is a lip smacking salad infused with eastern flavors and loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats and robust nutrients!
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Recipe type: Salads
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Serves: 8 Cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried green lentils
  • 1 ½ cups diced grape tomatoes
  • ½ cupped diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced English cucumber
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • ⅓ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika, adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, adjust to taste
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • One avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
Instructions
  1. Cook the lentils in about twice the amount of water. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes, until the lentils are cooked well but not mushy.
  2. Once the lentils have cooled down a little, place it in a wide salad mixing bowl. Add the tomatoes, red bell pepper, cucumber, scallions, parsley, cilantro and mint.
  3. Prepare the salad dressing with the grated garlic, cumin, paprika, olive oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper. The pomegranate molasses may be used if preferred.
  4. Stir the salad dressing with all the other ingredients and toss well. Adjust the seasoning as per taste. Add the diced avocado in the end and toss.
  5. Let it rest at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. The spiced herbed lentil salad with avocado may be served over a bed of romaine lettuce.
Notes
May use pickled cucumbers instead of fresh cucumbers.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Cup Calories: 247 Kcals Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 1 g Unsaturated fat: 7 g Carbohydrates: 32 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 155 mg Fiber: 13 g Protein: 13 g Cholesterol: 0 mg