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Healthy Triple Orange Lentil Salad Recipe

I adore lentils! But you know that if you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media. And I love this healthy Triple Orange Lentil Salad recipe that I created for Food & Nutrition magazine and the Florida Department of Citrus. My task was to develop something tasty and nutritious that uses Florida orange juice. Easy peasy!

healthy lentil salad with citrus

There’s a hefty amount of tasty nutrition in this bowl. Dig in!

You’ll find the full recipe on the Stone Soup blog of Food & Nutrition magazine. The ingredients include lentils, OJ, oranges, carrots, avocado, mint and an olive oil-based dressing with sweet spices. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? And it is!

Why I love this triple orange lentil salad recipe

  • Nutritious and delicious – duh!
  • The mint, citrus, cinnamon and cardamom make the flavors bright like summer! But feel free to enjoy it any time of year.
  • It multi-tasks as a salad, wrap filling and even an appetizer.
healthy lentil salad in endive leaves

Healthy main dish, side dish or appetizer!

  • It fits really well with a Mediterranean diet.
  • The vitamin C in the citrus aids in absorption of the iron in the lentils.
  • It’s super heart-healthy:
    • We’ve got blood pressure-friendly potassium in the OJ and fresh orange.
    • The viscous fibers in the lentils and the oranges help to lower both cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
    • Folate and hesperidin in citrus benefit the heart.
    • Both avocado and extra virgin olive oil give us monounsaturated fats and important phytonutrients.
  • My carb counters can enjoy a 1/2-cup serving for only 19 grams of carbohydrate, and 6 of those grams are fiber!
  • Some of that fiber is resistant starch.
  • It’s a fun and different way to get a serving of pulses, which are the edible seeds within the legume pod. Lentils are a quick option because they don’t need soaking before cooking.

Let me know what you think of this healthy lentil salad.

Cheers to happy, healthy eating!

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Jill Weisenberger

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, is a Nutrition, Culinary & Diabetes Expert, Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, Freelance Writer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's also the author of four books, including a best-seller. She's a nationally-recognized media expert in high demand for print and online interviews, as well as corporate and one-on-one nutritional counseling. Jill's philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious.

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