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Lentil Salad with Tomatoes and Watercress

Rinse lentils well, and simmer them gently to reduce splitting. Check for doneness after about 18 minutes.

Health OCTOBER 2003

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups salad)


  • Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced capers, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salad:
  • 1 1/3 cups petite green or brown lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery, with some leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 4 cups trimmed watercress


To prepare vinaigrette, whisk together all ingredients. Add salt and black pepper to taste.

To prepare salad, combine 4 cups water, lentils, and bay leaves in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 18 to 20 minutes. Drain; discard bay leaves. Gently stir together lentils, celery, onion, parsley, and salt. Add tomatoes and 2 tablespoons chives. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Divide watercress evenly among 6 plates; top with 3/4 cup lentil mixture. Top with remaining 2 tablespoons chives.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 208
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 31g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 210mg
  • Calcium: 86mg

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