Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - Slimmr

Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

For a light and nutritious vegan lunch featuring a different source of protein, our Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is a delightful choice. This refreshing salad is under 300 calories per serving and packed with the goodness of lentils and chickpeas. Let’s dive into this easy-to-follow recipe for two.

Ingredients (for 2 servings):

For the Salad:

1 cup brown or green lentils, cooked and drained

1 can (400g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 cups mixed greens (e.g., spinach, arugula, and romaine)

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cucumber, sliced

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

Fresh parsley leaves, for garnish

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Lentils:

Cook the brown or green lentils according to package instructions until they are tender but not mushy. Drain and set aside.

2. Assemble the Salad:

In a large mixing bowl, arrange the mixed greens.

Top the greens with cooked and drained lentils, drained and rinsed chickpeas, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and thinly sliced red onion.

3. Prepare the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.

4. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Drizzle the Balsamic Vinaigrette over the salad, lentils, and chickpeas.

5. Toss and Coat:

Gently toss the salad to evenly coat all the ingredients with the Balsamic Vinaigrette.

6. Serve and Garnish:

Divide the Lentil and Chickpea Salad between two plates.

Garnish with fresh parsley leaves for a burst of freshness.

7. Enjoy Your Refreshing Lentil and Chickpea Salad!

This Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is a satisfying and balanced vegan lunch option that’s rich in protein from lentils and chickpeas. With a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, it’s a refreshing and delicious midday meal. Enjoy your tasty and nutritious creation!