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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Maple Pear Lentil Salad

Are you a Lentil Freaker Outer?

I used to be a Lentil Freaker Outer.

"Lentil Freaker Outer" is my own soon to be copyrighted phrase describing a person who sees lentils in a recipe and, well, freaks out and avoids making and consuming said recipe.

How does a Lentil Freaker Outer become one?

I don't know. It could be for one reason or another. A few reasons why I became a Lentil Freaker Outer: my mother never cooked with them; lentils are different; the fiber content is scary high; there are too many types; nobody else will eat them...

Then I saw the package of ready to eat lentils at Trader Joe's, and I decided to trade in part of my Lentil Freaker Outer status. It was nice to pop the package open and dump them in the bowl. An extra bonus is that the ingredients in the package are just lentils, salt, and water. True, I didn't make the lentils myself, but it's a step in the right direction.

I grabbed some pears while I was at Trader Joe's, plus some dried cranberries and pecans. I figured all that would go well with a maple dijon dressing.

It did.

And I have now partially traded in my Lentil Freaker Outer status. Once I actually boil lentils from scratch, I'll have fully traded in my Lentil Freaker Outer status. This Maple Pear Lentil Salad was really simple to make (thanks to pre-cooked lentils), and I do believe I will try lentils again.

What's a legume or grain that you have freaked out about cooking?


**Update 10/13/12: I now avoid non natural/organic sweeteners, so I instead of using sugar free maple syrup, I use real maple syrup. And it's delish.

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Maple Pear Lentil Salad

2 1/2 cups cooked lentils
1 pear, diced
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 Tbls maple syrup
2 Tbls white wine vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 Tbls olive oil
pinch of black pepper

In a medium sized bowl, combine the lentils through pecans.

In a small bowl, whisk the sugar free maple syrup, white wine vinegar, dijon, olive oil, and black pepper together. Pour over the lentil mixture, stir, and serve immediately, or refrigerate a few hours before serving.

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Servings: 8 | Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 178 | Fat: 7.5 | Carbs: 23.7 | Fiber: 6.6 | Protein: 6.4
Sugars: 5.2 | Sodium: 24.5

{4 WW Points+}


  1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment. Your blog is gorgeous, I'm in love with your header! This looks like a really tasty salad and another lovely use for pears!

  2. I was a lentil hater for 30 some years. It took a trip to Scotland and then an incredible recipe from Anne Burrell to show me the error of my ways.

  3. I am quite comfortable with the lentils although there are about 100 different things I could think of that I would choose to eat first.

    I would love to try your recipe as long as you are willing to give me some wiggle room on the sugar free maple syrup. I have a no sugar free product policy - but we are good to go if you will allow me the use of regular maple syrup. Have we got a deal?

  4. Ah yes, I was a lentil freaker outer at one point, too. Now I even add them to my granola mixes!

  5. I love lentil salads (Ottolenhi's one with celery being one of my favourite) this is a beautiful looking dish - must give it a try!



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