The first time I had quinoa lentil salad it was at a relaxing lunch with Mark at Rhubarb, in Asheville, North Carolina. It was served over wilted spinach and I was immediately hooked. My version is subtly dressed, allowing it to top various greens or to serve as a simple side.
- QUINOA LENTIL SALAD
- Servings: 3-6
- Time: 0hr 20-25mins
- Difficulty: Easy
|WHAT YOU NEED||WHAT TO DO||WHY|
||In a fine mesh strainer, rinse quinoa and lentils until water runs clear; set strainer aside to drain excess water.||Lentils are a good pairing for quinoa, as they require the same amount of cooking time.|
||In a heavy 3-quart saucepan (select one with a glass lid), bring water and salt to the boil over high heat; add quinoa and lentils. Cover and reduce heat to hold at a simmer (195-205°F, where bubbles gently, but continually, break the surface) until the soft blond interiors pop, and water is absorbed (15-20 minutes). Tilt the pan at a 45 degree angle to confirm. Let rest 10 minutes before uncovering.||A glass lid facilitates monitoring.|
||For the dressing: Add all to a small bowl; whisk vigorously (30-60 second). Drizzle over quinoa and lentils; toss lightly with a fork. Serve chilled.||Plain white or apple cider vinegar is too overpowering. Honey not only adds a hint of sweetness, but acts as an emulsifier.|
Additional Testing Notes: Red or black quinoa are an attractive contrast to orange lentils. White quinoa may be substituted, but it looks better with green lentils.