Warm Lentil and Roasted Pepper Salad

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”45 min” cook_time=”35 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ] Health experts say everyone should routinely include vegetarian meals in their diets

Warm Lentil and Roasted Pepper Salad
Warm Lentil and Roasted Pepper Salad

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”45 min” cook_time=”35 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

Health experts say everyone should routinely include vegetarian meals in their diets to help reduce saturated fat and cholesterol. This hearty, Mediterranean-style dish is a satisfying and delicious way to do just that.

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  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup diced, drained, and rinsed canned roasted sweet red pepper
  • 1 medium stalk celery, diced

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  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup diced and seeded plum tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

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[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”1 hour, 20 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Bring water, lentils, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to boil in 3-quart saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until lentils are firm but fully cooked, 20 to 30 minutes.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Meanwhile, mix parsley, sweet pepper, celery, onion, tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, oil, black pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in large serving bowl. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Drain lentils, add to serving bowl, and toss. Serve warm. [/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

Round Out the Meal
Serve with leafy lettuce, goat cheese and flat bread. For dessert, a baked apple topped with vanilla frozen yogurt.

Health Hint
If you use enough of it, parsley not only adds its own earthy flavor to dishes, it contributes a significant amount of antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta carotene.

Cook’s Clue
Unlike most dried beans and other legumes, lentils require no soaking before cooking and in fact, if soaked first, will become mushy when cooked. However, you should always rinse lentils lightly in a sieve or colander before cooking and pick through with your fingers to be sure there are no stones or other debris in the batch.

[nutrition-info calories=”250″ calories_fat=”29%” fat=”8g” sat_fat=”1g” choles=”0mg” sodium=”253mg” carbs=”34g” sugars=”” protein=”15g” fiber=”8g”]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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