Recipe: Fresh Tarragon and Lentil Salad

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Nothing makes me happier than healthy, cheap, quick to prepare and just plain tasty.

Fresh Taragon and Lentil Salad

Fresh Tarragon and Lentil Salad

Lentils are packed with fiber – a dieter’s dream. They help balance blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and keep you regular (I hesitated adding that point, but the truth is the truth). Just ask Mayo Clinic if you don’t believe me.

While all this is fine and dandy, if your family won’t eat them, it really doesn’t do much good to put them on the table.

Tarragon and Lentil Salad

Tarragon and Lentil Salad

But who could resist this lovely lentil salad recipe packed with sweet carrots, celery, kale and spicy red onions? Certainly not my family. I mixed in a fresh honey and tarragon vinaigrette, and this salad was ready to serve.  All of a sudden, those plain little lentils didn’t look so bad.

Tarragon Lentil Salad

Tarragon Lentil Salad

Healthy cooking tip . . .

You can’t beat lentils when it comes to an inexpensive source of fiber and a good source of protein. Even better, they cook up quickly and can be added to almost any soup, stew or salad. Check out what World’s Healthiest Foods has to say about these sweet little legumes and you’ll be adding them to your next grocery list.

Happy cooking!

Healthy and Cheap! Fresh Tarragon and Lentil Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups lentils, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups carrot , diced
  • 2 cups celery, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • ¼ cup tarragon, minced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic and honey in a small bowl.
  2. 2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and combine thoroughly with olive oil mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Chill for 20 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 346, Weight Watchers PointsPlus 8
Total Fat: 9.49g
Cholesterol: —
Sodium: 65mg
Total Carbs: 47.84g
Dietary Fiber: 21.51g
Sugars: 6.87g
Protein: 17.57g

Fresh Tarragon and Lentil Salad

The statements made here are strictly my opinion and are not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. Please see disclaimer for further details. Nutrition information is compiled with MacGourmet. If you find discrepancies, please let me know. It’s important to  me that I provide you with accurate information.

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Comments

    • says

      I’m a big fan of leftovers for work the next day, so this salad was on my lunch menu. It was even better the next day tossed with lettuce and a little vinaigrette. :)

  1. says

    At the beginning of spring the Mr. asked me to buy some lentils. He was inspired by a recipe he’d seen on the Food Network. Well it’s almost the beginning of fall and the lentils are still taking up space and time in the pantry. I’ll show him this recipe and hope inspiration hits again, and that he’ll make it.

    • says

      I don’t use it often enough either. Mostly because fresh tarragon tastes so much better to me than dried, and fresh is only available for such a short time during the year.

  2. says

    Healthy AND cheap Got me to jump lol. Lovely combo Kristi and I do agree who could resist right! Sorry for being so scare these days on the comments, lots of craziness going on. TG for readers or I’d miss out completely!

    Have a lovely week :)

    • says

      My husband is in the same boat. As much as I try to get him to exercise (one of the best ways to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure), he’s not quite willing to make that commitment, so I keep feeding him good food. :)

  3. EA-The Spicy RD says

    Gorgeous salad! I like lentils, but rarely remember to cook with them. I’m book marking this recipe right now!

    • says

      I have to say I do the same thing. I often wonder why because they’re so cheap, easy to cook and take to almost any ingredients you add to them.

  4. Ginger Lange says

    For those who are short on time and close to a Trader Joe’s, they stock some awesome steamed lentils (cold food section) that I use frequently. They’re great mixed into TJ’s Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper soup too (I get low sodium and promise it’s not a bit bland)—for the quickest mug of healthy soup ever.

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