Here is the third in my series of healthy lunch suggestions. After this I'm going to take a break from lunch ideas, at least for a while. What a delicious, healthy salad this is, and so easy to prepare! Just combine small brown lentils with celery, walnuts, feta, red grapes and a slightly sweet vinaigrette dressing. I simplified the recipe by using ready-to-eat lentils from Trader Joe's (featured here).
A note for those who enjoy collecting kitchen ware: the green glass container above is a vintage refrigerator dish (there is a matching lid). I enjoy searching for these at antiques stores and fairs. I have another green dish that's rectangular (and quite heavy!) and a really pretty square dish in a deep teal color, which I've only seen once. I have many clear dishes as well, both round and square. This small green dish was just right for a lunch serving of lentil salad -- I like the way it made the celery stand out. It's the little things ....
Lentil Salad with Feta, Walnuts and Red Grapes
1) In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons honey and 3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Season with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
2) In a large bowl, combine 3 cups cooked brown lentils (or a 17.6 ounce package of cooked lentils from Trader Joe's), 3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts, 1-1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved, and 1 celery stalk, sliced. Pour dressing over lentil mixture and stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese and toss gently. Enjoy!
Adapted from Everyday Food