The last time I went shopping, instead of simply picking up the basic bag of green lentils, I decided to open new doors and try red lentils. While not quite as nutritious as green lentils, (red lentils contain less protein and fiber than their green cousin), they have a pleasant, almost airy taste and work great in salads. I decided to make a tasty salad complete with sprouts, cucumbers, mushrooms and goddess dressing. What made this salad particularly unique was my decision to throw in sliced cooked sweet potato. I had a leftover half of sweet potato from the night before and I decided that would be a good extra kick. By topping the salad with Goddess dressing, I was in taste bud heaven. Goddess dressing is a dressing made with tahini, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. I picked some up from the grocery store, you can find a great Goddess at Trader Joe’s.
This salad is great to eat for a pick-me-up, as it is super nutrient packed and will give you an energy boost.
*What you’ll need*
1 1/2 cups spinach leaves or mesculan greens
1/4 sliced cucumber
1/4 cup sliced crimini mushrooms (or any variety really)
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup cooked red lentils (cook the night before and only for 20 minutes or until only slightly tender)
1/2 medium cooked sweet potato sliced (is actually quite good slightly warmed, but not necessary)
1/2 cup sprouts
2 tablespoons Goddess dressing
Put everything together and there you go! Feel free to go crazy and add extra veggies or even add additional beans. =)