Simple 3 Minute Salad For Days When It’s All Too Much

Ever get one of those days when it all feels like too much? Like the walls are caving in and you can’t find a way out?

I mean, I don’t. Not me.

I’m just saying if you do…

then trying to figure out how to eat healthy is the last thing on your mind.

The challenging part is if you don’t eat healthy, you end up feeling even worse. So it can be a little like a vicious cycle. So now what?

This salad is one I put together this week that accomplished the job nicely. I was surprised how quickly I went from starving and grumpy to sitting down to a lovely lunch. I would even go so far as to say I felt like I was eating out at a bistro. That’s my kind of meal!

The biggest time saver was having the lentils already made. Some of you may have a can of lentils kicking around (not that I recommend this but it’s far better than hitting up the drive thru). We happened to have some on hand. We made a huge batch (probably around 10 cups worth) and froze them in a bunch of separate containers. I now can take out a container from the freezer at the beginning of the week and have ready to go vegan protein any time.

Simple 3 Minute Lentil Bocconcini Salad

(Salad for 1 person)

  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • bocconcini cheese
  • lettuce
  • 1/4 cup celery, sliced (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Put some lettuce on a plate. Top it off with 1/2 cup of lentils, quartered cherry tomatoes or diced tomatoes, celery and bocconcini cheese sliced 1/4 inch thick.

Mix the balsamic vinegar and olive oil together. Drizzle all over the plate and season with salt and pepper.

If you want to get fancy there are so many lovely additions you could make. I added sliced celery but try adding sliced cucumber, olives or capers. Adding chopped fresh parsley and green onions to the lentils would give it a ton of flavor with very little extra work.

It’s good to know that a healthy meal can still be faster than the drive thru.

 I’m sharing this with My Meatless Mondays, Ruth’s Real Food 101, Mangia Mondays, Gluten Free Wednesdays and Monday Mania.

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13 Responses to Simple 3 Minute Salad For Days When It’s All Too Much

  1. Linda January 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I love lentils and just don’t make them often enough. This is a fabulous, quick and easy salad. The boccini is a nice touch!

    • France Morissette January 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Thanks Linda! Keep a batch of cooked lentils in the freezer and you’ll always be good to go.

  2. Heather @girlichef January 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    This does sound like a great meal. I love salads that you can throw together quickly, but still pack a protein-punch and have flavor! Making big batches of some sort of legume and dividing them up for later is one of my favorite “tricks”. :)

  3. Hayley January 9, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    I love lentils and agree they are filling! I love the pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joes. Great lunch idea, thank you!

    • France Morissette January 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      Hayley, I wish we had Trader Joe’s where we live. I love that place!

  4. Joanne January 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I love bocconcini salad but never feel like i can eat it because it’s basically all cheese. But the lentils really add some serious nutritional value! This would definitely turn me from cranky to happy in no time!

    • France Morissette January 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      Joanne, bocconcini in salad’s is one of my favorites, but you’ve got to balance it all out, right? :)

  5. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles January 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    What a great idea for a post France ~ I think we can all relate to those days… You’ve assembled a wonderful protein rich, hassle free option that looks absolutely delicious! (I love bocconcini with balsamic ~ yum…!) Thanks for the inspiration.

    • France Morissette January 10, 2012 at 12:51 am #

      Thanks Kelly! It’s always good to have a few quick, go-to meals like this in the back of my pocket :)

  6. The Café Sucré Farine January 10, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    I think this might just be my lunch tomorrow! I LOVE your idea of freezing lentils so you always have them on hand – brilliant!! This entire salad is right up my alley! Thanks Frances!!

    • France Morissette January 10, 2012 at 12:52 am #

      Cafe Sucre Farine, let me know how it turns out for you tomorrow!


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