Cucumber and Tomato Lentil Salad

Hi Everyone,

I have had a few requests lately for a nice healthy lunch that is quick to put together, will last a long time and is mighty tasty.  For myself, I normally make  a nice veggie salad or I’ll have leftovers from the night before, but this week I thought I would make a big batch of lentil salad that will give me energy, taste good and best of last me throughout the week.

Cucumber and Tomato Lentil Salad

This is my Cucumber and Tomato Lentil Salad, and let me tell you this salad is pretty amazing!  It’s hearty, good chilled or at room temperature and seems to be a big hit in my office, even with girls who are afraid to try lentils.  It’s also a snap to put together.  This is what I call one of my Trader Joe’s cheater salads.  It’s made with TJ’s steamed lentils, english cucumber, tomatoes, celery, scallions and balsamic dressing.

Cucumber and Tomato Lentil Salad Ingredients

One day at TJ’s they were sampling the Steamed Lentils and honestly I was a little afraid, but to my surprise I liked them.  They kind of reminded me of black beans.  So I decided to buy them and give them a go.  Well the package sat in my refrigerator for months, yes months, but don’t let that alarm you, this stuff lasts for a long time.  It comes cooked and vacuumed sealed.  When I opened the package I was a little worried it wasn’t going to turn out, since it was all stuck together in a big lentil glob.  I just took my fork and broke away the lentils and presto they were like new again.  Have you ever tried TJ’s Steamed Lentils?  They are located in the produce section of the store.

Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils

Lentils in general are pretty good for you, especially for women.   They contain 20% of your iron, which is heck of good and is awesome for women who are slightly anemic. They also contain no fat, 8 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein in just a 1/2 cup serving, plus they are only 120 calories.  Not to bad for this little bean.  Since I didn’t want just lentils for lunch, I added my veggies and my favorite Fat Free Balsamic dressing from Trader Joe’s.  I love the dressing!  I wanted to give you a money saving tip, while I was thinking of it.  Do you ever buy a bunch of scallions and never use them all?  Then they rot or you throw them out?  Don’t do that!  I bought some scallions from TJ’s and they started to yellow, so I cut them down to just to just before the white of the bulb and placed them in a glass of water and set on my windowsill in the kitchen.  Within a couple of weeks the scallions grew like crazy.  I use what I needed, cut them back down and again the scallions grew.  If I keep up at this rate, I’ll never have to buy scallions again.  But what ever you do, don’t plant them in your garden.  They will go crazy and your whole back yard will end up smelling like onions, not pleasant.  This is what the scallions looked like when I cut them back and this is what they looked like in a little over a week.

Scallions

Pretty Cool!!  I have been using the same scallions for over a month now.  They are perfect for adding to salads or other dishes.  I like to add them as a pretty garnish.

Cucumber and Tomato Lentil Salad

I have to tell you, I do love this salad and I can’t believe I like lentils.  Besides the TJ’s sampling this is the first time I ever had them.  I did buy a bag of red lentils, but haven’t used them, now I am excited too!!  He he  I feel like I blabbed on enough, so let me give you the recipe!

Cucumber and Tomato Lentil Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Lentil Salad
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4½ Cups
  • Serving size: Serves 4 at 1 heaping cup each
Prep time: 
Total time: 
A healthy, feel good salad made with steam lentils, cucumber, tomato, celery and scallions and topped with a balsamic dressing.
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups steamed lentils, already cooked (I used Trader Joe's)
  • ½ cup english cucumber, diced small
  • 1 plum tomatoes, seeded, diced small
  • 1 medum stalk celery, diced small
  • ¼ cup scallions, diced small
  • 3 tbsp fat free balsamic dressing (your favorite)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl add all the ingredients, mix together. Refrigerate before serving for best flavor. Note: If your using Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils, I microwaved them for 20 seconds to get the chill out of it. It's not necessary to do.
Notes
Calories per 1 cup: 168.5, Fat: .01, Sodium: 375, Potassium: 82.9, Carbs: 29, Fiber: 10.6, Sugar: 4.5, Protein: 11.7

Cucumber and Tomato Lentil Salad

Well my Friends, my Husband has been hinting around for dinner for a while now, so it’s time to get going!

Have a lovely day!

Toodles,

Jennifer

Comments

  1. Here I was just staring at a bag of dried lentils thinking that I didn’t feel like boring lentil soup. Yummy lentil salad is the answer! I love that you mentioned the scallion thing. I would never have thought of regenerating my scallions. Although once I left an onion in my fridge for so long it sprouted 6 inch shoots. I put that on my windowsill for a while until the kitchen started to smell.

  2. I love lentils! They are SO filling but still healthy! This looks like an awesome salad!

  3. What a great time saver for lentils-will have to head out to the new Trader Joe’s in our area! I love lentils as they are so filling but always have to motivate myself to make them. Thanks for the great tip!

  4. LOVE that tip!!! The salad also looks amazing – you had me at Trader Joes 😉

  5. OMG I am a Trader Joe’s fanatic too! This is a nice quick, healthy and filling linch idea! Love it!

  6. This looks so healthy and yummy! Thanks for sharing. I really need to start trying new things. I’m not much of a cucumber fan but I’ll give it a try.

    • Don’t use cucumber if you don’t like it, try tomatoes with maybe a pinch of feta cheese and parsley. Their are so many ways you can go. Up until the past couple of years I was afraid to try new things, but now I have fun with it. Some things are duds, but other things really work out and become a favorite!

  7. The pre-cooked lentils are super convenient, but I like buying them dry and cooking them myself. I can add whatever spices and flavorings I want, and it’s much cheaper! I’m always look for ways to use lentils other than soup, thank you!

  8. YUM, these sound delicious! I love the brown bag in the picture! Thanks for kicking off a great party this week! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    We have a giveaway next week!!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  9. Hello,I have a small bag of cooked frozen lentils and barley that I cooked and froze a few weeks ago.I love both of them and will try this wonderful salad you recommended with my favorite beans.This sounds delicious and will try the salad tomorrow.I have been using both beans in homemade soups but this sounds like a wonderful alternative.Thank you, Heidi Rousseau

  10. oh my gosh, that scallions thing is so cool!! i’m def going to try it! 🙂

  11. I love how healthy lentils are but don’t know many ways to eat them so I don’t use them often – this is a great idea!!

  12. That looks so tasty and easy! I love the pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joe’s! I just bought some more to make a salad, great minds think alike!

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