Power Lunch: Black Lentil Salad

Wooden spoon full of black lentils

Make the most of your midday meal with this salad. It’s loaded with proteins and vitamins without sacrificing flavor. You can adjust the jalapeños for a more mild or super spicy taste. Plus, you can serve this hot or cold, so it’s great to make and bring with you while you are on the go. 

2 cups dry black lentils
1 red onion, diced
1 tart apple, diced
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp finely chopped jalapeños, you can subtract or add more to get desired heat
2 packed cups watercress
Generous pinch of salt
Freshly ground pepper

Cook lentils according to package instructions, drain. While still warm mix them together with the diced onion and apple.

In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, honey, olive oil, jalapenos, salt and pepper until well combined.

Toss lentils with the marinade. If you want to serve the salad at room temperature,  gently mix in the watercress at this point. If you prefer a chilled salad, add the cress just before serving.