Lentil Pomegranate Salad

 

Lentil Pomegranate Salad
 
I'm all about cooking healthy recipes that are quick and easy right now. And this lentil salad took no effort at all to prepare. Lentils are traditionally associated with fall and winter dishes, but this recipe definitely has more of a spring/ summer feel to it. With a little bit of tangy sweet pomegranates, and a hint of lemon, this dish is perfect served cold as a nice lunch or side salad.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of dried Lentils
  • Pomegranate Arils
  • Walnuts
  • Goat Cheese
  • Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. Simmer Lentils in 2 cups of water for about 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Let Lentils cool in the fridge.
  3. Serve up desired amount of lentils and top with Pomegranates, Walnuts, and crumbled Goat Cheese.
  4. Squirt desired amount of lemon to taste (I use about 1tsp per serving)
Notes
Lentils are packed with Fiber and Protein. Not to mention they are a great source of Iron and B Vitamins. They help to reduce the risk of Heart disease, lower Cholesterol, and stabilize Blood Sugar. In Chinese medicine they also help to strengthen the Adrenals and increase Vitality.


Pomegranate Arils have become much more popular and you can find them packaged in your local grocery story. Or you can always go ahead and buy a pomegranate and pick out the seeds (I prefer the package myself, much faster). These little guys happen to not only be packed with vitamins, but are also high in fiber as well. Studies show that Pomegranates strongly promote heart health, lower cholesterol, and minimize other cardiac risks. They have anti-cancer and immune boosting properties, and may even have an impact on treating and preventing depression.


Walnuts provide you with your Omega 3 fatty acids, which is essential to your Cardiovascular system and your Brain. In Chinese medicine Walnuts are actually considered an Herb called Hu Tao Ren, and are used as a tonic. They can help treat low back pain, asthma, frequent urination, constipation, and impotence. In essence, Walnuts can be considered a longevity food.


Now Goat Cheese differs greatly from your typical dairy Cow cheese. For one Goat Cheese has a different molecular structure making it much easier to digest. In fact in Chinese Medicine it actually aids in digestion and is considered to be very nourishing for the body. Now with that said I have one rule when it comes to dairy; Buy Organic! This is important for so many reasons (I will go on an Organic rant in another blog), but mainly understand that you don’t want to be adding any extra hormones or antibiotics into your food. Organic Goat Cheese is about $1.50 more then conventional, and well worth the splurge!


Lemon juice is something everyone should consume every day. It is extremely alkalizing and contains tons of Vitamin C. And there is nothing better then a good dose of Vitamin C to boost your immunity. Plus Lemon has anti-viral, anti-septic, and anti-microbial properties.