Monday, September 26, 2011

Quinoa & Lentil Salad

I made a bunch of quinoa and lentils the other day and this recipe uses up the last of my quinoa. It is really filling and great for a quick lunch, espeically since quinoa packs such a protein punch.

2 cups soaked and cooked quinoa
1 cup soaked and cooked lentils
1 1/2 to 2 cups soaked and cooked black beans
1 cup frozen corn, rinsed and thawed
1 tomato finely chopped
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1/4 cup bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

For dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil, try this one
3-4 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
3-4 cloves of garlic minced
Sea salt & pepper to taste

How To:
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and lentil mixture and mix well.

This actually takes a little bit of time, at least 20 minutes due to all the chopping. But, it makes a very large batch that you could store in the refrigerator and have lunches or dinners for a week.

Soaking--Quinoa, lentils, and the black beans should all be soaked to maximize the nutritional benefits. Soak quinoa 12 hours, lentils seven hours, and black beans for 24 hours -- all in warm water with whey, or buttermilk, or lemon juice or vinegar, etc. After soaking, cook and store for future use. 



  1. This looks like a wonderful balanced salad, perfect as a meal in itself! I love meal salads :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday.

    1. That is it exactly! Thanks so much for the comment!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe over at TGIQ this week! Your salad looks delicious :)


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