Lentils are are a great source of protein and easy to cook a big batch of for using throughout the week. This delicious and simple salad is perfect for pear season when you can get the perfectly ripe and juicy pear.

This recipe is part of our Seasonal Vegan Meal Prep Series with one meal plan for every season. Each plan helps you meal prep most of your week in under 90 minutes.

Click here to see the other recipes that go with this one in the Winter Meal Prep Plan. We use the lentils across two dishes to save time and reduce food waste!

Pear & Lentil Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cup water
  • 0.25 cup dried green lentils
  • 0.25 cup nuts of your choice walnuts or pecans would go well with this salad
  • 0.25 cup dried cranberries
  • 12 cup mixed baby greens
  • 0.25 cup salad dressing
  • 4 pears

Instructions

  1. Rinse: and filter the lentils with a mesh sieve to remove any sand or stones.
  2. Add: the water and lentils to a pot. Optionally, add in a bay leaf if you have one in your spice cabinet.
  3. Boil: the water then reduce the heat to low and add a lid to cover.
  4. Simmer: the lentils for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Drain: the lentils (and remove a bay leaf if you added one).
  6. Assemble the salad: add the lentils, nuts, and dried cranberries to the bottom of the containers. Top with lettuce and store the salad dressing separately. Bring a knife to cut the pear right before eating so it doesn’t brown.
vegetarian vegan lentil and pear salad

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