Kale and Lentil Salad With Lime Vinaigrette

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Kale and Lentils Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Kale and Lentils Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

This is a beautiful, healthy salad with good taste, plus protein and essential vitamins and minerals. Lentils and sunflower seeds in this salad add a nutty flavor and provides extra health benefits.

Can be adjusted to your personal liking by switching the types of nuts or cheese that you prefer. Great for a summer picnic or BBQ.


  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups cooked lentils*
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (for Vegan and Paleo use soy-based feta cheese)
  • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds

For Lime Vinaigrette

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1- Whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside to let flavors meld.

2- Add the kale and lentils to a large bowl and gently toss to combine.

3- Pour the dressing over the kale and lentils and toss to coat. Add the crumbled feta cheese and sunflower seeds, toss gently. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

4- Garnish with the Lime Wedges.

* To cook the lentils, place one cup lentils in a small saucepan with 2 1/2 cups water to cover them. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat, and let the lentils simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but not mushy. Stirring occasionally and adding more water as necessary. Add a pinch of salt in the last five minutes and strain the lentils. Then rinse under cold running water, and cool completely.  (Tip: don’t add salt until the end. Adding the salt too early can makes the lentils tough).

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