This is a deliciously healthy and filling Middle Eastern salad. The lentils are cooked with lemon and spices, then dressed while warm. Vegetables add colour, and dried apricots, goat's cheese and sunflower seeds complete the feast.
Instead of goat's cheese, top the salad with slices of hard-boiled eggs.
*Lentils are a good source of soluble fibre, which can help to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Lentils also offer protein and B vitamins.
*The sunflower was first brought to Europe around 1510 as a decorative plant, but it wasn't until the 18th century that sunflowers began to be grown as a crop for the production of sunflower oil. Sunflower seeds are rich in healthy polyunsaturated fats and they are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, which helps to protect cell membranes from damage by free radicals and vitamin B1. They also provide useful amounts of the minerals zinc, iron, copper, phosphorus, selenium and magnesium.