Lemon Pepper Chicken & Lentil Salad

There is a great little bakery across the street from my office. I was in a pinch for lunch one day so I popped over to see what they had and was so happy to see a few vegan options and a GF breakfast bar. One item they had was a lentil salad and I think I’ve only had them once or twice before. Of course I fell in love with them!

IMG_2659Recently I signed up for a 3 month subscription to EMeals vegan menu for 2. I want to try to incorporate as many vegan meals as I can into my diet to keep my PHI levels from increasing. I adapted this recipe from one of the menus. I had some chicken I had to use so now of course it’s not vegan but is helping me head in the right direction!

 

Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 6.59.52 PMLemon Pepper Chicken & Lentil Salad
Serves 4

4 ounces chicken breast tenderloins
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning (I used this one)
1 cup green lentils
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup white onion, finely diced
1/2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard

  1. Place 1 tablespoon olive oil and the lemon pepper seasoning in the bottom of a bowl. Add the chicken tenderloins and toss to coat. Set aside.
  2. Pour the lentils into a saucepan and fill with water to cover by 3 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer 15 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the bell pepper and dice the onion. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice and mustard.
  5. Heat a grill pan over high heat for 1 minute. Add the chicken and place a press on top. Grill 4 minutes, turn and grill 4 additional minutes. Remove from the pan and let rest. Then dice.
  6. In a serving bowl, mix the lentils, bell pepper, onion and dressing, tossing to combine.
  7. Portion into serving dishes and top with the diced chicken and additional basil if desired.

Enjoy!

SHOP MY KITCHEN!

 

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