Ever so slightly crunchy and nutty flavored, lentils are a lower calorie stand-in for nuts in this salad.

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1/2 cup lentils

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/4 cups plain fat-free yogurt

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons light mayonnaise

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint or basil

1 can (15 1/2 ounces) chick-peas, rinsed and drained

3 Granny Smith apples, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

1 stalk celery, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise


1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the lentils until they are tender but still have a slight chewiness, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic for the last minute of cooking. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and salt. Stir in the mint.

3. Add the drained lentils (and garlic), the chick-peas, apples, and celery, and stir to combine. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts

per serving
calories 202
total fat 3.7g
saturated fat 0.4
cholesterol 4mg
dietary fiber 10g
carbohydrate 35g
protein 11g
sodium 501mg

Good source of: fiber, folate, vitamin C

If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for a Healthy Heart, edited by Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 20 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015