Fresh arugula, lentils and sliced beets are combined with fresh herbs and rich toasted walnuts and creamy goat cheese for a sweet, flavorful and hearty meal. This is perfect for guests, too – enjoy!
4 cups arugula (or baby spinach or any preferred salad greens)
1 cup cooked lentils (or quinoa or any variety beans)
1 cup cooked, sliced beets
1/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
2 oz. goat cheese (or blue cheese or feta)
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
This is one of my FAVORITE recipes in my DeniseAustin.com Member Meal Plan! It is chock full of nutritious ingredients including:
A healthy addition to any meal, beets provide folate, potassium, fiber and vitamin C. Known for their powers to help protect against heart disease, birth defects, and certain cancers, they are a hearty (and healthy!) addition to any salad!
Want to get some protein in your meals? Reach for the lentils! They are a high-protein plant food clocking in at 18 grams per cup, cooked. Plus fiber, iron and so much more. I like how they add a bit of texture to this lentil salad – you can cook them from scratch, or find lentils pre-cooked and packaged in the veggie section of your grocery store.
These are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids – important fats that help to protect your cardiovascular system and minimize inflammation. They are also a brain-healthy food, and I add them to all sorts of recipes: oatmeal, pasta, and salads like this one!
Plus fresh herbs, lemon juice, arugula and more… The end result is a beautiful, hearty salad that you can serve for one or for a group of holiday guests! This lentil salad recipe is part of my Member Meal Plan – start your free trial today to see all the different recipe and meal suggestions I offer up! You can even customize your plan to fit your dietary needs and taste buds!!
Enjoy, and let’s get fitter, together – inside and out!