Berry Lentil Summer Salad

I am ready for summer with this Berry Lentil Salad & homemade viniagrette! 

Spring and Summer salads are my fave! This one has a little bit of sweet, a little bit of savory, and a lot of flavor. The homemade apple cider vinaigrette is so delicious and easy. It is a simple combination of fresh berries, feta cheese, chopped walnuts, berries, sliced avocado, and warm lentils. I LOVE lentils and I find they are entirely underrated. They pack a ton of protein, fiber and are very versatile. I love them in salads! They are great to meal prep and enjoy throughout the week too.  This salad is a great recipe to enjoy for lunch (hopefully outside while taking a break) or as a side dish for a big bbq! I know Memorial Day will not be the way it usually is this year, but that does not mean we can not cook some amazing food! 

In this recipe, I used a ton of Inspired Organics products! They have the best variety of organic household staples and fresh eats. I used Inspired Organics green lentils, raw walnuts, vegetable stock, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Inspired Organics is my go-to for kitchen and pantry staples. All of their products are amazing quality and delish. I have been using them for years! To find near you, check out their store locator.

Berry Lentil Salad

What you need for this recipe:

  • Fresh greens - I love crunchy gem lettuce and romaine, but any work! 
  • Fresh berries - I used strawberries and blueberries, but blackberries and raspberries would also be amazing.
  • Feta Cheese - For that salt savory flavor.
  • Lentils - Legumes packed with fiber and protein. 
  • Stock - I used vegetable stock for this. It gives the lentils more flavor when cooking. Any stock/broth should work.
  • Chopped Walnuts - gives the salad some crunch. 
  • Sliced Avocado - bc it's always needed!
  • Olive Oil, Apple cider vinegar, honey and sea salt for the salad dressing 

This recipe makes one large salad and a double serving of lentils (intended for meal prep purposes).

Berry Lentil Summer Salad

Prep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

Salad:
 3 cups Gem Lettuce (or greens of choice)
 ½ cup Sliced Strawberries (about 5-6 strawberries)
 ¼ cup Fresh Blueberries
 1 cup Dry Lentils
 1 cup Stock / Broth (To Cook Lentils) *You will have extra to use!*
 ½ cup Water (To Cook Lentils)
 2 tbsp Crumbled Feta Cheese
 2 tbsp Chopped Walnuts
 ½ Avocado, Sliced
For the Apple Cider Vinaigrette:
 ½ cup Olive Oil
 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
 1 tsp Honey
 Sea Salt to Taste

Ingredients:

1

Start by preparing the lentils. Rinse lentils in cool water. Add water, stock and lentils to a pot. Mix and bring to a boil. Once boiled, cover and reduce to a simmer. Let cook until tender. This should take about 15 minutes. They are done when they are tender.

2

While lentils are cooking, assemble the dressing ingredients (olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, sea salt) in a small mason jar. Shake well to mix! You can also mix in a small bowl with a spoon.

3

Starting with the lettuce, assemble all ingredients in a large salad bowl. When lentils are tender, let cool for a few minutes and then add on top. Dress with the vinaigrette and enjoy it! Option to add sliced avocado on top!

Directions:

Berry Lentil Salad

Thank you to Inspired Organics for partnering with me on the development of this recipe! I love working with brands that help me and my community eat well!

Ingredients

Salad:
 3 cups Gem Lettuce (or greens of choice)
 ½ cup Sliced Strawberries (about 5-6 strawberries)
 ¼ cup Fresh Blueberries
 1 cup Dry Lentils
 1 cup Stock / Broth (To Cook Lentils) *You will have extra to use!*
 ½ cup Water (To Cook Lentils)
 2 tbsp Crumbled Feta Cheese
 2 tbsp Chopped Walnuts
 ½ Avocado, Sliced
For the Apple Cider Vinaigrette:
 ½ cup Olive Oil
 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
 1 tsp Honey
 Sea Salt to Taste

Directions

1

Start by preparing the lentils. Rinse lentils in cool water. Add water, stock and lentils to a pot. Mix and bring to a boil. Once boiled, cover and reduce to a simmer. Let cook until tender. This should take about 15 minutes. They are done when they are tender.

2

While lentils are cooking, assemble the dressing ingredients (olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, sea salt) in a small mason jar. Shake well to mix! You can also mix in a small bowl with a spoon.

3

Starting with the lettuce, assemble all ingredients in a large salad bowl. When lentils are tender, let cool for a few minutes and then add on top. Dress with the vinaigrette and enjoy it! Option to add sliced avocado on top!

Berry Lentil Summer Salad

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