Combine water and lentils in a large microwave safe bowl. Cover and cook on high for 5 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain well; transfer to a medium-size salad bowl with raisins, bell pepper and green onions. Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl; drizzle over lentils and toss to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionlly. Stir in pecans just before serving.

Ingredients

Salad

  • 11/2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup red lentils
  • 1 Cup California golden raisins
  • 1/4 Cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1/4 Cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 Cup chopped, toasted pecans

Procedure

Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper; to taste

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 230 (Calories from Fat 32%); Total Fat 9 ( Saturated Fat 1; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 0; Sodium 160; Potassium 393; Total Carbohydrate 34; Dietary Fiber 5; Sugars 17; Protein 7; Calcium 40; Iron 2;

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