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Greek Lentil & Chicken Salad Vinaigrette

A simple, no-cook, hearty salad featuring lentils and cooked lean chicken tossed with tomatoes, Feta and an easy home-made Greek-style vinaigrette. The salad is high protein, high fibre and a good source of complex carbohydrates.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 min

Ingredients

2 cups lentils, cooked & drained
2 cups chicken, breast, cooked, diced
1/2 cup red onion, fresh, diced
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, red, halved
1 pepper, red, sweet, diced
1/2 English cucumber, quartered length-wise, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled (about 175 g)
3 tbsp oregano, fresh
OR
1 tbsp oregano, dried
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup parsley, fresh, minced (optional garnish)

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Rinse the canned lentils under cold running water and leave to drain. Alternately, use 2 cups (500 mL) of cooked from-scratch lentils. Add to a large salad bowl.

  2. Dice the cooked chicken, dice onion, cut tomatoes in half, diced red pepper and cut cucumber into quarters length-wise and slice into smaller triangles. Add to bowl and toss.

  3. Pour olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice over salad and toss. Top with crumbled feta, dried oregano and freshly ground black pepper and toss again. Garnish with chopped parsley (optional garnish).

Helpful Tip

Unlike most dried legumes, lentils don’t need to be soaked before cooking and they still offer similar protein, fibre and numerous health benefits. Pack any extras into containers for tomorrow's grab and go lunch.

Nutrition Info

Per 265 g serving Amount
Calories290
Protein26 g
Fat13 g
Saturated Fat6 g
Carbohydrate21 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar6 g
Cholesterol65 mg
Sodium370 mg
Per 265 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium20
Calcium20
Iron20
Vitamin A15
Vitamin C90
Vitamin B636
Vitamin B1233
Folate68
Zinc27