In this protein and fiber rich salad beluga (black) lentils are soaked overnight to shorten cooking time and enhance digestibility.
½ cup black beluga lentils, rinsed and soaked 8 hours or overnight
1 head broccoli, cut into florets (4 cups)
1 small red onion or shallot, sliced into rings (⅔ cup)
¼ cup chopped almonds, toasted
4 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. raw honey or agave nectar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard

  1. To make Salad: Drain and rinse lentils, then place in medium stockpot with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 18 minutes. Add broccoli, cover pan, and steam 2 to 3 minutes, or until broccoli and lentils are al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, to make Honey-Mustard Dressing: Whisk together all ingredients in bowl until smooth.
  3. Drain off any remaining liquid from broccoli and lentils, and transfer to large bowl. Add dressing, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve garnished with onion and almonds.
    TRY THIS SALAD with cauliflower as well; but add the florets to the cooking water 2 to 3 minutes sooner.

Calories: 301
Protein: 10 g
Total Fat: 19 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 25 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 90 mg
Fiber: 4 g
Sugar: 4 g