Yip, it’s a new year and with that comes some serious adjustments to one’s diet. After a December of indulging, which is totally necessary in my opinion, it’s time to get back on track with healthy meals.

A lentil and tuna salad is the perfect meal to kick start your healthy eating regime as it’s full of low-GI ingredients and packed with an incredible lemon and herb flavour! In this salad, the lentils have a gentle crunch while the lemon vinaigrette really packs a punch. The fresh mint and basil not only provides a pop of green to the salad, but also explodes in your mouth with freshness. The big flakes of tuna bring brininess to the salad, a perfect complement to the earthy taste of the lentils. It’s a real winner of a salad and super easy to make too. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2015!

Ingredients:

Serves 4

1 cup of lentils – washed

2 – 3 small red onions – sliced into half moons

¼ cup of chopped mint

½ cup of chopped basil

½ cup of pitted olives – chopped

2 tbsp. of capers

1 cup of cherry tomatoes – halved

2 tins of tuna – drained

Lemon vinaigrette:

¼ cup of olive oil

2 lemons squeezed of the vinaigrette should be lemon juice)

3 garlic cloves – crushed

1 tbsp. wholegrain mustard – optional

1 chilli finely chopped – optimal

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. cracked black pepper

Recipe:

1 Cook the lentils in boiling water until just tender. Drain and wash under cold water to cool them down.

2 Place the cooled lentils in a bowl.

3 Add the herbs, tomatoes and onions.

4 Add the capers, olives and tuna.

5 Combine the vinaigrette ingredients together.

6 Pour vinaigrette over the salad and enjoy!