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Looking for a super simple and delicious way to incorporate lentils into your diet? This citrus summer lentil salad takes less than 25 min to make and is packed with amazing nutrients. Basically, it’s a perfect addition to your rotating summer salads repertoire.
Plus, lentils are just so darn healthy. These little legumes are rich in protein, folate, fiber (both insoluble and soluble), iron, potassium and manganese. One cup (198 g) of cooked/boiled lentils equates to about 18 grams of protein (36% of DV).
Now, I don’t know if it’s because of the grapefruit – mint combo or the crunch of the pumpkin seeds but I find myself making this salad over and over again, especially during the hot summer months.
If you’re vegan or dairy-free you can absolutely omit the feta or use a vegan feta alternative. It will still be just as tasty.
I prefer, and recommend, using brown, green, or French lentils for this salad as they’re hardier and won’t get as “mushy” as orange or red lentils.
This salad can store in the fridge up to four days (although, you’ll most likely eat it before then!)
If you make this lentil salad, please do let me know what you think! I love hearing from you! 🙂
Cook lentils according to package instructions. Once cooked, place in a medium sized salad bowl and set aside to cool. Note: To speed up cooling process place in fridge while you prep the other ingredients.
While lentils cool, cut grapefruit in half. Using a serrated grapefruit knife cut around each segment of the grapefruit and scoop out the flesh. Cut each segment into small bite-sized pieces and set aside.
Peel and dice onion into small cubed pieces.
Roughly chop mint leaves and feta.
Once lentils are cooled, add grapefruit, diced onion, chopped mint leaves, feta, and pumpkin seeds.
Make the dressing: In a small bowl, add olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, and salt/pepper. Whisk ingredients together till emulsified. Place dressing aside till ready to serve. NOTE: I like to store my dressing on the side as it helps keep my veggies from getting soggy. I just pour it over my salad on an as needed basis.
Madeleine is a Franco-American podcaster and blogger on a mission to inspire and empower women to live healthier, more eco-friendly, and conscious lifestyles. On her blog/podcast, The Wise Consumer, she covers topics ranging from nutrition and recipes to ethical fashion and eco living tips. When not working Madeleine is either spending time with family, developing new recipes, or trail running.