August 23, 2012

Lentil Quinoa Salad

Two superfoods collide! The other day I went searching for a recipe that had lentils and quinoa in the same dish. I thought it'd be great to see these superfoods collide. I came across a salad from Melissa d'Arabian that sounded intriguing. It certainly didn't disappoint - the salad is light, refreshing, flavorful, and packs a BIG nutritional punch! The mustard and lime are a great burst of flavor. It can be served immediately or after several hours/overnight chilling in the fridge. It'd be fun playing around with other dressing flavors as well.... lentils and quinoa are definitely awesome together!

Vegan, gluten-free
Adapted from Melissa d'Arabian
Makes about 4 side servings

1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup lentils
3 green onions
1-2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 lime, zested

Cook quinoa and lentils according to package directions, leaving both tender, not mushy.
Make the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and mustard. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking to combine. Add garlic powder, lime zest, and salt/pepper to taste.
Chop the cilantro and green onions.
In a bowl, add the cooked lentils, quinoa, green onions, cilantro. Mix to combine.
Top with the dressing, lightly toss to coat.

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  1. Ooooh, I love the lime with the mustard. That looks so good!

  2. Yum! I love the cilantro and tangy dressing.

  3. I made this for a potluck yesterday. It was so yummy and fresh tasting! Love your recipes! As a busy newly wed who works full time and loves food and is striving to be healthy these recipes are perfect!

    1. Hi there and a big congrats on your marriage! :) That's awesome this was a success at your potluck. So happy to hear you're finding recipes you like. Thanks for the message!

  4. woah, you have so many protein rich salads on your blog, it's awesome!