As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where and how I would behave.
With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior.
~Dan Millman

Monday, April 16, 2007

Spinach and Lentil Salad With Toasted Walnuts

Toasted walnuts give this spinach salad some extra crunch! Top this dish with a homemade red wine vinaigrette for a tasty, tangy kick.

START TO FINISH: 30 minutes MAKES: 4 servings

1 cup water
1/2 cup brown or French lentils, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
6 cups torn spinach or mixed salad greens
12 ounces cooked chicken breast, sliced
red wine vinaigrette & extra virgin olive oil dressing

1. In a small saucepan combine the water and lentils. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until lentils are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Drain lentils and place in a medium bowl. Stir in bell pepper, green onions, parsley, and walnuts.

2. Divide spinach among 4 serving plates. Top with lentil mixture and chicken. Drizzle with red wine vinaigrette.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 341 cal., 14 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 72 mg chol., 166 mg sodium, 19 g carbo., 10 g fiber, 36 g pro.

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