- 1 cup dried brown lentils
- 1 medium mango or apple
- 1 medium red bell pepper
- 1 large lemon
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ cup minced fresh parsley and/or cilantro (optional)
- ½ cup chopped walnuts or toasted coconut (optional)
- In a large pot, add lentils. Cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
- Rinse, peel, and dice mango. Rinse and dice bell pepper.
- Rinse lemon and cut in half. In a small bowl, squeeze juice. Discard seeds.
- If using, rinse and chop cilantro. Chop walnuts or toasted coconut.
- In a large bowl, use a fork to whisk together lemon juice, oil, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add cooked lentils, mango, and bell pepper. Mix well. If using, stir in herbs and nuts or coconut.
- This salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add more lemon juice to kick the flavor back up after sitting.
- Serve as a light main dish using seasonal summer mangoes or fall apples. Top with chicken or pork if you like.
- For best flavor, use olive oil in place of canola oil if available.