Good Food, Good Life, 365 – Eat More Greens Lentil and Arugula Salad
Eat More Greens Lentil and Arugula Salad
1 cup apple cider or apple juice (look for 100% apple cider or apple juice, not from concentrate and no preservatives or additives)
2 cups water
1 cup dry green lentils
1 large or two small bay leaves
For the salad:
⅓ cup chopped pistachios
6 cups loosely packed arugula leaves (one 5-ounce carton)
1 honeycrisp or pink lady apple, sliced thin
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
Cook the lentils. This can be done a couple of days in advance, if desired. Over medium-high heat, bring the apple cider, water, lentils, and bay leaves to a boil, cover, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer about 30 minutes until the lentils are cooked through. Drain and discard any remaining liquid and the bay leaf. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container until ready to make the salad.
While the lentils cook, whisk the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt in a small bowl.
Prepare the salad ingredients. Roughly chop the pistachios, and slice the apple.
Allow the lentils to cool, then drain them in a colander to remove any excess liquid before adding to the salad. Toss the lentils, arugula and rest of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the salad ingredients and toss to coat. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator. This salad is best served within the first 24 hours, but will keep in the fridge for up to three days. Makes 8 servings.
This is a great salad to take to potlucks or to pack for lunch to take to work. I like it best at room temperature, but straight from the fridge is good, too.
During the summer months, I like to snip some mint and basil from the garden and tear it into pieces to add to the salad. I use garden-fresh cherry or grape tomatoes instead of apple slices.
Chopped walnuts or almonds can be used instead of pistachios.