Quinoa Lentil Salad

()
Quinoa Lentil Salad

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
  • 1 cup red or black quinoa
  • 1/4 cup orange lentils
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.
  • 2 cups tap water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
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.
  • 1/4 cup white wine, or champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
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.

ANALYZE ANY RECIPE’S NUTRITIONAL DATA ON HAPPY FORKS>

SUBSCRIBE TO FREE RECIPE NOTIFICATIONS>

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating / 5. Vote count:

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Please offer feedback!