Lentil Quinoa Salad

lentilquinoa

I love quinoa. It is high in protein, fiber, minerals and has a low glycemic index.

I don’t know about you, but if I just eat a salad for a meal I’m hungry shortly after. That’s not the case with quinoa. It keeps me full much longer, due to the protein.

I love how there are so many different ways you can modify quinoa. This is one of my favorite ways to eat it, like a cold salad.

Let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups green lentils, rinsed

1 cup quinoa (I used the ancient blend with amaranth and millet. I bought it at Costco)

2 celery stalks, chopped

4 carrots, peeled and chopped

¼ red onion, finely chopped

Dressing:

1 cup fresh parsley, tightly packed leaves

1 garlic clove

2 tsp ground oregano

½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

½ cup olive oil

3 large lemons, juice of

 Instructions:

Place lentils and water (about 6 cups) in pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.

 In another pot, place quinoa and water (about 3 cups) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes, or until translucent.

 Drain both. Put in a bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature.

 For Dressing: Place all ingredients into food processor, except olive oil. Pulse until finely chopped. Whisk in olive oil.

 Add celery, carrots, and onions to bowl with lentils/quinoa. Pour dressing and toss so all ingredients are well coated.

 Serve with lemon wedge.

 Enjoy!

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