Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe is a delicious salad served as a side, or a luncheon main dish, with a side of toasty bread! Watch the video!

Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe

On this winter day, Red grapes and fresh mozzarella cheese are the surprise element in this cold-weather version of a classic Mediterranean salad.

Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe

Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad is a healthy dish, which is perfect to pack for a lunch, or a winter hike! We love to use Trader Joe’s brown lentils (already cooked), and whip this salad up in no time!

But first, this past weekend I almost missed out on a spectacular moment. I was busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm, when my husband said, let’s walk across the river. I knew this meant we’d be gone a couple of hours, and I had my own agenda in mind.

We sat down and ate a bowl of Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad, and talked about what shoes or boots to wear, because winter is here, although the ground is not covered in snow …. yet. There are patches, here and there!

Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe

Today’s recipe, Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe is one of my favorite salads.

Add fresh mint, and a drizzly dressing. The perfect lunch, or potluck dish!

There’s just something about the salty sweet flavors.

BEST Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe

Ingredients for lentil salad

  • Steamed brown lentils (I buy at Trader Joe’s already cooked)(
  • Red-wine vinegar, lemon juice olive oil, and honey
  • Toasted walnuts
  • Seedless red grapes
  • Celery stalks, fresh mint leaves, and fresh mozzarella cheese

Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe

So we went on our hike, but my heart was torn by “things I wanted to do back home.” Silly me. Don’t I know that every time I go out into nature, it does something to my soul? It’s a soothing feeling of satisfaction and gratitude.

Grace in hidden places

God gives us gratitude, and shows us grace in hidden places. We get too busy with our agendas and to-do lists, and we don’t slow down enough to truly open our eyes.

Out on our hike, on this day, my spirit, that was wound pretty tight, started slowing unwinding. New things is what I saw!

Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe

Family, friends and others popped into my mind, and prayers went out.

Colors and textures became more vivid, and grace was wrapped up in my next breath and step.

The wind on my face, I felt that God was telling me how much He loves me.

There was a thankfulness that went deep into my soul, with an attitude that was changed, and a deeper perspective on life.

It was there, but I had to find it.

Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe

I’m glad I said yes to our winter hike. Truly magical and peaceful.

A poem for winter

Plus a poem for winter.

It’s too easy to say no, and miss out on the simple gifts in life.

Even with the shorter days, have you ventured outside?

Hold your hands to the blaze;
Winter is here
With the short cold days,
Bleak, keen and drear.
Was there ever a day
With hawthorn along the way
Where you wandered in mild mid-May
With your dear?

That was when you were young
And the world was gold;
Now all the songs are sung,
The tales all told.
You shiver now by the fire
Where the last red sparks expire;
Dead are delight and desire:
You are old.

Edith Nesbit

 

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Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. about 4 cups steamed brown lentils (already cooked, I buy at Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 Tbsp. red-wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved if large
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in chunks
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add lentils, walnuts, grapes, celery, fresh mint, and mozzarella cheese. Gently toss.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together red-wine vinegar, lemon juice, and honey. Whisk in olive oil.
  • Drizzle dressing over lentil mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Video

Notes

reposted from MAR 2017
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More salads with grapes:

Summer Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Curried Jicama Fruit Pasta Salad

Roasted Chicken Grapes & Rosemary

Lentil-Grape Mint Walnut Salad

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