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Chicken Sausage Salad With Lentils and Green Apple

Chicken Sausage Salad With Lentils and Green Apple
Makes: 4  servings Prep 10 mins Cook 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 cups  water
  • 1 cup  French lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  kosher salt plus pinch
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons  plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons  plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper
  • 4 low-fat chicken sausages
  • 1 bunch watercress, coarse stems removed
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced thinly

Directions

1. Bring the water to a boil. Add the lentils, garlic and bay leaf to the boiling water and simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the salt, cover and cook until lentils are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; discard garlic and bay leaf.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss 2 tablespoons of the diced onion with 2 teaspoons each of the vinegar and oil. Season with a pinch of salt and set aside.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining onion and the carrot and celery to skillet. Saute the vegetables until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add vegetables to lentils; toss with 3 tablespoons vinegar, 2 teaspoons oil and the mustard; season with remaining salt and the black pepper to taste.

4. In skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice on the diagonal.

5. Add the watercress and apple to the dressed red onion; toss well. To serve, make a bed of lentils on each plate. Top with watercress-apple salad and sausage.

From FitnessMagazine.com