Lentil Salad with California Avocados and Cara Mia Marinated Artichokes

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14 g
Total Fat
7 g
Dietary Fiber
10 g
25 g
Total Carbs
 Lentil Salad with California Avocados and Cara Mia Marinated Artichokes

Fast, fresh, and full of fiber, this meatless main salad explodes with fresh flavors of basil, rosemary and sweet tomatoes. The tenderness of the avocado combined with the deeply marinated artichokes makes every bite pop!


Serves: 4
1/2  cup  dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
2 1/2  Tbsp.  STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Tbsp.  balsamic vinegar
  medium garlic cloves, minced
3/4  tsp.  dried rosemary
1/2  tsp.  salt
1/8  tsp.  dried pepper flakes, optional
1 1/2  cups  grape tomatoes, quartered
cup  Cara Mia Marinated Artichoke Hearts, (drained, reserve marinade), coarsely chopped
Tbsp.  reserved artichoke marinade
1/2    ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/4  cup  chopped fresh basil, or to taste
cup  spring greens or baby spinach, coarsely chopped

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Bring 2 cups water to boil in medium saucepan. Stir in lentils, reduce heat, cover, simmer 20 minutes or until just tender.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, rosemary, and salt in medium bowl.
  3. Fold in remaining ingredients, except spring greens.
  4. Drain lentils in colander and run under cold water to cool quickly. Shake off excess liquid and stir into the artichoke mixture.
  5. Fold in spring greens until slightly wilted and serve.

Tip: For even faster preparation use one cup of pre-cooked lentils.

Serving Suggestion: Serve in Boston Bibb lettuce cups or on whole romaine lettuce leaves.

Calories 250
Total Fat 14 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Unsaturated Fat 9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 mg
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Protein 10 g
Total Carbs 25 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 440 mg
Potassium 267 mg
Total Sugar 4 g

Vitamin A 1120 (IU); Vitamin C 18 mg; Calcium 15 mg; Iron 3 mg; Vitamin D 0 (IU); Folate 40 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.1 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 20%; Vitamin C 30%; Calcium 2%; Iron 15%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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