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Camilla's Lemony Lentil Quinoa Salad Recipe

This lemony lentil quinoa salad is light yet substantial. It will work as both a side dish and light lunch or supper.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 254
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed really well
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of the water to a boil over high heat. Add the lentils and reduce the heat to medium low, allowing the lentils to simmer, until tender, but not mushy, about 30 minutes. Drain and let them cool completely.
  • While the lentils are cooking, prepare the quinoa. In another medium saucepan combine the remaining 2 cups water and quinoa. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the temperature to low, cover the pan and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and cool completely.
  • Make the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk together the tarragon, salt, pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and mustard.
  • When the lentils and quinoa are completely cool, in a large bowl combine them with the sliced green onions, tossing them gently together. Add the dressing and toss again gently until everything is coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until chilled, or for up to 4 hours. Just before serving, stir in the chopped fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

I had a box of Trader Joe's steamed lentils in the fridge, so used them instead of cooking my own. I like to make use of what's readily available whenever I can.
Be sure to rinse your quinoa well. It has a soapy tasting coating called saponin which needs to be washed away.
 
Serving size: 1 cup
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *6
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *4
Nutrition Facts
Camilla's Lemony Lentil Quinoa Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 7g28%
Protein 11g22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lentil quinoa salad, quinoa salad