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Quinoa Lentil Salad

Quinoa Lentil Salad

Greetings!  Here is a recipe for a very simple, fresh, light salad you can make in no time at all.  I was inspired to make this after eating a quinoa lentil salad at my favorite local vegan restaurant. No oil either!


1 c uncooked lentils--sort through to pick out any stones or dirt, then rinse well in cold water before cooking

1 c uncooked quinoa--rinse well under cold water before cooking

1 carrot--cleaned and peeled

A handful of fresh cilantro, washed

Juice from one lemon

Low sodium vegetable broth or water to cook the quinoa and lentils

Cook the quinoa according to package directions.  I used vegetable broth instead of water for extra flavor.  It also gave the quinoa a nice earthy yellow color.

Cook the lentils according to package directions (if your package has directions).  My bag of lentils had no directions, so I used enough water to cover the lentils, brought them to a boil, then lowered the heat to simmer and cooked about 20 minutes till they were done (softened).  Drain.

Using a vegetable peeler, keep peeling the carrot till you can't peel anymore (like when you're close to peeling your own fingers, but don't, it will hurt).  You should have a nice little pile of carrot peel shreds.

Chop the cilantro.

Juice the lemon.

(ingredients ready to go)

Throw everything together.  Voila, salad.  Good salad.

(finished salad)

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