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Summer Lentil Salad

This salad is fresh, colorful and packed with protein, making it a perfect match for our easy weight loss programs. It’s got everything you need for a healthy meal – plant-based protein, dark leafy greens and healthy fats. The high content of protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats makes it very filling, so it can be served as an entrée or you can bring it as a delicious side to your next BBQ.

Lentils contain such high levels of soluble fiber that they help reduce blood cholesterol and regulate blood glucose levels. These versatile legumes are very low in calories—weighing in at approximately 230 calories per eight ounce serving. Lentils are a good source of iron, as well as magnesium and folate, which both promote cardiovascular health.

The healthy fats in avocados also keep your cholesterol levels in check and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are another excellent source of soluble fiber and carotenoids, and contain important vitamins such as A, B, C, E and K. Avocados contain trace minerals including copper, iron, potassium and magnesium. The sunflower seeds add crunch and essential nutrients including folate, magnesium, selenium, vitamin E and high levels of phytosterols. Tomatoes are packed with beta-carotene and lycopene, carotenoids that both promote healthy eyesight and boost internal protection against UV damage. The orange wedges and citrus dresssing pack a powerful vitamin C punch while adding a sweet, zesty flavor. As you can see, the nutritional content of this salad is powerful!

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Ingredients

½ cup French green lentils, cooked
½ avocado
½ cup tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped radish
1 cup Artichoke Hearts, chopped
2 cups fennel, chopped
4 cups baby spinach
1 tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted
1 orange, cut into wedges

Citrus Dressing

2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tsp orange zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

To make the dressing, simply combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Mix well. 

To make the salad, combine the ingredients together and toss well.  Drizzle dressing over each side or serve on the side. 

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