Why Your Winter Salad Needs Lentils (and Wine)

This salad has lots of bright flavors and a mix of textures, so I love it with a citrusy, prickly sparkling wine.

The citrus-and-avocado salad is a staple at this time of year, and I wanted to create a more substantial version that didn't involve any meat or seafood. My solution: lentils, tossed with crunchy radishes and fennel. This salad has lots of bright flavors and a mix of textures, so I love it with a citrusy, prickly sparkling wine.

Lentil Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado, Fennel and Radishes
Total: 30 MIN
4 Servings

1 large grapefruit
Rice vinegar
1 small minced shallot
2 1/2 cups cooked French green lentils (from 1 cup dried), at room temperature
1 medium watermelon radish, quartered and thinly sliced, or 6 to 8 red radishes, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
1 medium fennel bulb, quartered and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 firm, ripe Hass avocado
Half a lime
Torn mint leaves

1. Using a sharp knife, remove the peel and bitter white pith from the grapefruit. Cut in between the membranes to release the grapefruit sections and slice the fruit into 1-inch chunks. Transfer to a medium bowl.

2. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into a measuring cup. Add enough rice vinegar to the juice to measure ¼ cup total. In a large bowl, combine the shallot with the grapefruit juice and vinegar and let stand for 5 minutes.

3. Add the lentils, radishes, fennel and olive oil to the shallot and toss, then season with salt and pepper and toss again.

4. Halve and pit the avocado and cut into 1-inch dice. Add the avocado to the grapefruit, season with salt and a little lime juice and toss.

5. Transfer the lentil salad to a platter and top with the avocado and grapefruit. Garnish the salad with torn mint leaves and serve at room temperature.

One serving 336 cal, 17 gm fat, 2.3 gm sat fat, 37 gm carb, 16 gm fiber, 13 gm protein.

Wine A French sparkling wine, such as Albert Mann Crémant d'Alsace Brut.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

Related: Warm Winter Salads
Cooking with Lentils
Healthy Recipes Guide

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