Lentil, Kale and White Bean Salad

FAVORITE NEW LUNCH. Sorry to scream.

Lentil, Kale and White Bean Salad / Bev Cooks

So this sucks. (not the salad, but what I’m about to tell you.) A week before Labor Day I somehow hurt my ankle while running. I’m not sure when the exact moment was, because I don’t remember anything specifically happening during my run, like a snap, a crackle, or a pop. It was once I was home, cooling off in the back yard that I thought, “I wonder if Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is on Netflix.” And then right after, “Hmmm, my ankle feels weird.”

I really thought it would just heal up during the day and I’d be back to normal by lunch, right? So I gave it a full day of rest, and ran on it two mornings later. Aaaaaand oops.

Lentil, Kale and White Bean Salad / Bev Cooks

I have no idea what’s going on, you guuuuuuys but it’s no better. WAH. I’m depressed. And dying. And fluffy. And refuse to see a doctor because what is he going to do, besides say, “Yep, just rest it until the pain goes away. That will be 25 kabillion dollars.” Nope.

I’ve been resting it like a good girl, but simultaneously in torrential panic mode because I’m not exactly burning the same amount of calories as I was a month ago. And hi, we’re on the cusp of casserole season! What is a delicate, fragile, injured gal to do!?

So I eat massive amounts of lentil salad. And watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’m sure somehow that counts in some beautiful, bizarre universe.

Lentis, Kale and White Bean Salad / Bev Cooks

But listen how marvelous this is. First of all, it’s French green lentils. The good kind.

And slivered kale! I always accidentally say slither instead of sliver, and Aaron wants to paper cut me. Slithering kale snakes.

Creamy white beans, honey roasted pecans, lots of fresh lemon and parsley.

Side dish, full lunch, room temp, warm, cool. OPTIONS.

Lentil, Kale and White Bean Salad / Bev Cooks

So like, you can prepare it on a Monday morning, and make your way through the glorious lentil trough throughout the week. It’s perfectly filling, yet doesn’t leave you feeling blorbalicious, like say, all the cheese quesadillas.

Aaaaaaand I don’t even want to know how much protein is in this honkin’ mama. Pretty sure my head would explode.

This is straight DIVINE. Hearty, but balanced. Flavorful, yet earthy. Lemony, yet lentily. (<–it’s a thing.)

Lentil, Kale and White Bean Salad / Bev Cooks

Listen, I am desperate here. If you have any sort of homeopathic voodoo magic spell I can put on my frickin’ ankle, I’m all ears! And ankle.

Lentis, Kale and White Bean Salad / Bev Cooks

I’ll make you lentil salad.

Lentil, Kale and White Bean Salad:

What it took for 4 (as a side dish):

* 1 cup French green lentils
* 2-3 cups thinly sliced Tuscan kale
* 1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
* 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
* 1/3 cup honey roasted chopped pecans (or your favorite salad nuts)
* 1/3 cup freshly chopped parsley
* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 Tbs. lemon zest
* juice from half a lemon
* salt and pepper

Cook the lentils in boiling water until al dente, about 25 minutes. Drain excess water.

In a large salad bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper. Add the lentils, kale, beans, red onion, pecans, lemon zest and parsley. Toss to combine. Taste and add a little more salt and lemon if needed! That is like, IT.

Lentil, Kale and White Bean Salad / Bev Cooks

Who wants a brownie?

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34 Responses to Lentil, Kale and White Bean Salad

  1. Morgan September 22, 2015 at 7:14 am #
    Ice ice and more ice. 10-20 minutes every 2 hours or so. TRUST.
  2. Heidi @foodiecrush September 22, 2015 at 7:59 am #
    Vodka. Lots and lots of vodka. Trust. Great looking salad, love that bowl!
  3. Bella B September 22, 2015 at 8:58 am #
    I believe lentily is a thing. It looks so hearty and yummy! xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com
  4. Steph September 22, 2015 at 9:06 am #
    My friend swears by KT tape. It's worth a try. Hope you feel better.
  5. cathy claus September 22, 2015 at 9:31 am #
    this looks divine! sorry no MD advice for the ankle. i vote for heidi's remedy. LOTS of vodka! : )
  6. Lauren September 22, 2015 at 9:55 am #
    YL PanAway, Gurrrrl! That shiz works miracles.
    • Bev Weidner September 22, 2015 at 9:57 am #
      Okay, I've got PanAway! What do I do with it?!
      • Lauren September 22, 2015 at 10:03 am #
        Rub it ALLLLL over your ankle in the pain areas. Do you have the rollerball attachment thingy?
        • Bev Weidner September 22, 2015 at 10:04 am #
          I do, I do! Oh I'm excited. I'll keep you posted. Muah!
  7. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper September 22, 2015 at 11:28 am #
    Um, not to gloss over the rest of the post (sorry 'bout your ankle, salad looks great) but: IS MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD ON NETFLIX!? That man is the.shit. Fo realsies though, this salad looks great!! xoxo
    • Bev Weidner September 22, 2015 at 11:32 am #
      You better believe he is! HOLLA.
  8. tracy September 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm #
    Have you heard of KT Tape? If not, you can get it at Walmart and places like that. Anyway, check out their website and they have videos on how to wrap your ankle to make it feel better. I was having problems with the bottom of my foot from running and had to take many months off and then I discovered KT Tape and it don't have any problems anymore.
  9. Anonymous September 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm #
    Stress fracture? Ice and compression bandage. Also make sure your shoes are right for you, don't want to reinjure once you're healed up. Salad looks delish (except that I can't eat kale)! Love green lentils and cannellini beans :)
  10. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough September 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm #
    I dunno how you do it, but you've got me drooling over a salad with kale slithers -- er, SLIVERS.
  11. Shereen @ Shereen Travels Cheap September 22, 2015 at 10:17 pm #
    If it's a stress fracture, the only thing they can do is give you a boot, which you can buy yourself and doesn't really help. When I broke my foot, I just wrapped it tight at night, wrapped it a little less tight during the day and tried to stay off of it as much as possible. I own quite a few pairs of ballet flats now. And phew! I was freaking out over the cliffhanger about Mister Rogers being on Netflix. I love that guy :)
    • Bev Weidner September 23, 2015 at 7:12 am #
      See, that's exactly what I feel, too! Why not just wrap it myself and just pretend the doc gave me a boot. I'm going to look into this KT tape everyone's talking about. Thanks for zee tip!
      • Shereen @ Shereen Travels Cheap September 24, 2015 at 7:51 pm #
        My friend is a doc and told me it was just a waste of time going to the doctor. She has broken a lot of things. She also glues shut all her children's gashes at home if they don't need stitches. She's hard-core :) ::goes to look up KT Tape in case there's a 'next time'::
  12. Tina September 23, 2015 at 9:01 am #
    Hey Bev, have you tried Arnica cream, it is a homeopathic ointment...boy those words sound rude..aghh....anyways it works so well on all kinds of pain and bruising, it is sold at Health Food stores...get yourself some , it is fantastic, hope that you feel better soon...LOVE your words, they make me chuckle everyday!
  13. Elise September 23, 2015 at 4:50 pm #
    Hi Bev, what a bummer! I second Tina's suggestion for Arnica. You can get it in an ointment, goes on clean, no fragrance. It helps with healing. You can also get homeopathic arnica pills, go for a 30x or stronger. I also find that acupuncture can help speed up healing of sports injuries. I've had my share. Hope you feel better soon!
  14. Jor September 23, 2015 at 5:34 pm #
    Try to find an osteoapthic family physician (DO instead of MD) local to you! We're fully trained doctors who know how to manipulate the body to quicken healing. We're like a combination of a fully trained doc+a fully body chiropractor, and we know tons of tips and tricks to get your ankle feeling better ASAP:) Not quite as inexpensive as tape, but if you're in pain, it's a good way to go!
  15. Jessica September 26, 2015 at 9:25 am #
    Hello! I don't know if you ankle is still hurting but I wanted to help! I'm a nurse practitioner and the number one thing recommended for ankle sprains is semi-ridged support/compression. Aka one of those ugly black lace up contraptions. And no the ACE wraps (a bit less ugly tan things) don't count. Hope this helps!!
  16. Anna September 27, 2015 at 6:41 am #
    omg looks delicious!!! https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/
  17. kimmythevegan September 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm #
    Popped over to say hi - saw this recipe mentioned on Choosing Raw =) This salad sounds amazing! I have recently got into a salad rut and this is perfect to get me right back out! As for your anke, I do have voodoo magic - patience! Sadly, patience & time are the only 2 things that will truly help you heal. I know it sucks (you're talking to someone who has had sprained ankles, shin splints and a couple of stress fractures), but your body is just letting you know it needs a little break. Take some time off - maybe try some non-impact activties? Wishing you a speedy recovery!
  18. Loretta October 1, 2015 at 4:58 am #
    Yummy looking salad! I'm a runner too so I know how u feel. Agree with all above and def look at your shoes. Love arnica gel and tabs for pain. If it doesn't hurt to walk, then do that instead of run. Ankle rolls and do towel scrunchies with your toes to strengthen muscles around your ankle. Swear by those!! Good luck!
  19. Jess November 5, 2015 at 8:11 am #
    I made this last night and it was excellent! Pinned and will definitely be making again. Thank you!
  20. Clpme November 7, 2015 at 7:02 am #
    I know this is late and that you're probably all better now but magnesium oil rubbed on your ankle and/our magnesium tablets... the homeopathic Chinese medicine sort... for v future reference. Love this salad.
  21. Stefanie November 24, 2016 at 8:03 am #
    Just made this today. Easy and delicious! Thank you!
  22. Laura September 28, 2018 at 6:54 pm #
    I sprained my ankle last month. It's mostly better but still not perfectly normal yet. That's why I am making this recipe. Kale is really good for repairing muscles and tendons, plus the protein is a huge plus too! Thanks for sharing! Btw, if you ever hurt your ankle again, get on your feet asap. Don't baby it like I did and make the healing process take longer.


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