Feta-Lentil Salad with Almonds and Dried Cherries

Feta-Lentil Salad with Almonds and Dried Cherries

  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 15 mins 
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 20 mins (plus 10 minutes cooling)
  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 15 mins 
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 20 mins (plus 10 minutes cooling)

Feta-Lentil Salad with Almonds and Dried Cherries

  • Prep : 15 mins
  • Cooking : 20 mins
  • Serves : 6

Ingredients

Serves 6
  • Salad Ingredients
  • 8 ounces (about 1 1/8 cups) dried green or brown lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • Citrus Dressing Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup almond oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salad Ingredients
  • 8 ounces (about 1 1/8 cups) dried green or brown lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • Citrus Dressing Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup almond oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Step 1.

For salad: Bring lentils, water, garlic, and bay leaf to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain any excess water and discard garlic and bay leaf. Transfer lentils to a medium bowl and let cool 10 minutes.

Step 2.

Stir in cheese, carrots, cherries, almonds, and onion.

Step 3.

For citrus dressing: Put orange juice and lemon juice in a small bowl. Whisk in oil in a slow, steady stream. Whisk in orange zest, salt, pepper, mint, and parsley.

Step 4.

Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Serve with Panera Bread Whole Grain Miche toasted (and buttered, if you like).

Nutrition (Per Serving)

  • 506 calCalories
  • 21 gProtein
  • 64 gCarbohydrates
  • 19 gFat
  • 22 mgCholesterol
  • 649 mgSodium
  • 12 gDietary Fiber