Puy Lentil, Spinach & Roast Tomato Salad

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Lentils are great at taking on flavours and that’s exactly what these puy lentils do in this dish. I use pre-cooked lentils for this recipe but if you’re using dry lentils, I recommend soaking them overnight before cooking them as this helps digestion.

This salad is delicious served warm or cold and is a great one to make when batch cooking to have for lunches or as a side dish during the week.

Lentils are a great source of fibre which can help maintain balanced blood sugar levels as the fibre prevents blood sugar rising too quickly. Lentils are also a great source of protein and iron which supports energy production and getting oxygen to our cells.

Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side dish

Ingredients

-1 Tbsp. olive oil

-2 spring onions, trimmed & sliced

-250g cooked puy lentils (I use Merchant Gourmet brand)

-125g baby spinach, washed

-1 portion of roast cherry tomatoes OR 1 punnet cherry tomatoes if in a time crunch

-1/2 tsp. dried mixed herbs

-1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

-salt & pepper to taste

How To Make
Place a large skillet or frying pan over a medium heat and add the oil.

Once the oil is warm, add the spring onion and cook for a couple of minutes until the spring onion is starting to soften.

Next, add the lentils and cook for 2-3 minutes then add the spinach. Place a lid on the pan for about 2 minutes to allow the steam to start to wilt the spinach.

Remove the lid and give everything a mix and continue stirring until all the spinach has wilted.

Add the tomatoes, herbs and balsamic vinegar, stirring well so everything is combined. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Enjoy

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