Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lentil Tofu Power Salad

I love lentils.

Not only are they mild-tasting and easy to work with.  They are a nutritional powerhouse with many health benefits including:  lower cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease, improve digestive health,  stabilize blood sugar, increases energy level.

This mighty legume provides good to excellent amounts of seven important minerals, as well as B-vitamins and protein.

And this is all provided with virtually no fat.

Yes, the humble lentil is a food staple that you want to include in your diet on a regular basis.
Are you in now?

And don't even get me started with the health prowess of tofu!  Let's just say that this salad is not only delicious, but it will also keep you glowing with health from the inside out!  What's not to love about that?!?

The ingredients to this great salad are simple.  I love the texture of the extra firm water-packed tofu.  All you need to do to get it salad-ready, is to drain the water in the package.  You do not want that in your salad! 
The Dorothy Lynch dressing is a personal favorite.  It is an easy off-the-shelf dressing that does not include all those mysterious ingredients found in most prepared dressings on the market.

I eat organic as much as possible.  I don't want to feed my family food that is sprayed with harmful chemicals or worse yet, are gmo.  Organic is the safest way to go, and in the long run it is the cheapest. I believe it is an investment in the health of my family - way cheaper than those medical bills and pharmaceutical drugs.  It's like my own medical insurance that unfortunately isn't a part of our national health care system.

Just take that drained tofu and mash it to bits in a bowl.  Add some chick'nish and Dorothy Lynch to give the tofu a good flavor.

Boil the lentils for 15 minutes or so - until they are soft.  No need to soak lentils beforehand.  

Assemble the salad on the plate - lentils, lettuce, peppers, cucumber, and top with the tofu and more Dorothy Lynch.  Time to dig in and indulge in all that healthy goodness!  Mmmmm!
Do you love lentils too?

Lentil & Tofu Power Salad     Printable Recipe
Serves 4

1 c. lentils, washed
1 pkg. Extra firm tofu
1 T. vegetarian chicken seasoning
2 T. Dorothy Lynch salad dressing
3 c. salad greens
1 cucumber, cubed
1 green pepper, diced
Dorothy Lynch salad dressing


  1. Boil the lentils for 15-20 minutes in enough water to cover. Drain.
  2. While the lentils are cooking, drain the tofu and mash in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add seasoning and 2T. salad dressing to tofu. Stir to combine.
  4. Assemble salads in the following order: lentils, salad greens, tofu mixture, cucumber & pepper.
  5. Drizzle the top with additional salad dressing to taste.
  6. Optional: top with sunflower seeds, chia seeds, walnuts

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