Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple for Two

Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple for Two

We like the firmer texture of French green lentils in this hearty dinner salad for two featuring sausage and tart apples. Serve with pickled beets and your favorite beer.

From EatingWell: September/October 2011
Yield: 2 servings, about 2 1/4 cups each
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  2. 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  6. 1 1/2 links hot or sweet turkey sausage, casings removed
  7. 1 large clove garlic, minced
  8. 1 cup cooked or canned (rinsed) lentils (see Tip)
  9. 1/2 small bulb fennel, finely diced
  10. 1/2 Granny Smith apple, finely diced
  11. 1 stalk celery with leaves, finely diced
  12. 3 cups arugula or mesclun greens

Preparation

  1. Whisk 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring often and breaking up into bite-size pieces, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Stir in lentils and heat through, about 2 minutes. Stir 2 tablespoons of the dressing into the lentil mixture and remove from the heat. Stir in fennel, apple and celery.
  3. Toss greens with the remaining dressing. Serve with the warm lentil mixture on top.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 399 calories; 20 g fat (3 g sat, 13 g mono); 53 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 11 g fiber; 817 mg sodium; 1008 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (59% daily value), Vitamin C (30% dv), Iron & Potassium (29% dv), Zinc (25% dv), Magnesium (20% dv), Vitamin A (19% dv)

Carbohydrate Serving

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