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2/3 cup (160 mL) black beluga lentils
6 cups (1.5 L) tender greens, such as baby spinach, baby kale, and/or arugula
3 radishes, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 apple, chopped
6 oz (170 g) smoked trout, broken into chunks
1/2 cup (125 mL) almonds, preferably toasted, sliced
3 Tbsp (45 mL) walnut oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
Place lentils and 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) water in medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until lentils are slightly tender. Don’t let them become too soft. Drain and let cool.
In large bowl, toss together greens, radish, yellow bell pepper, and apple. Divide salad among serving plates and top with lentils, smoked trout, and almonds. In small bowl, whisk together walnut oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Drizzle walnut dressing over salad.
Each serving contains: 386 calories; 23 g protein; 20 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 33 g total carbohydrates (7 g sugars, 14 g fibre); 203 mg sodium
source: "Go Nuts", alive #372, October 2013
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