Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple for Two

Warm Lentil Salad with Sausage & Apple for Two

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From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011

We like the firmer texture of French green lentils in this hearty dinner salad for two featuring sausage and tart apples. Serve with pickled beets and your favorite beer.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1½ links hot or sweet turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cooked or canned (rinsed) lentils (see Tip)
  • ½ small bulb fennel, finely diced
  • ½ Granny Smith apple, finely diced
  • 1 stalk celery with leaves, finely diced
  • 3 cups arugula or mesclun greens


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  1. Whisk 1½ tablespoons oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the remaining ½ tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring often and breaking up into bite-size pieces, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Stir in lentils and heat through, about 2 minutes. Stir 2 tablespoons of the dressing into the lentil mixture and remove from the heat. Stir in fennel, apple and celery.
  3. Toss greens with the remaining dressing. Serve with the warm lentil mixture on top.
  • Tip: To cook lentils, place in a saucepan, cover with at least 1 inch of water, bring to a simmer and cook until just tender, 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of lentil. Drain and rinse with cold water. 1 cup dry lentils = about 2½ cups cooked. Or use canned lentils: 15-ounce can = 1½ cups. Rinse canned lentils before cooking with them to reduce the sodium by about 35%.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 2¼ cups
  • Per serving: 399 calories; 20 g fat(3 g sat); 11 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 235 mcg folate; 53 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,432 IU vitamin A; 18 mg vitamin C; 123 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 817 mg sodium; 1,008 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (59% daily value), Vitamin C (30% dv), Vitamin A (29% dv), Iron (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 3 fat

Reviews 1

December 22, 2017
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By: MaxBew
Disappointingly bland! I used Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage links and followed recipe. Just something missing for my tastebuds - not sure how to make it better - could only eat 2/3rds and gave the rest to my husband (who also thought it bland but did not want good sausage going to waste).
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