This lemony lentil quinoa salad is light yet substantial. It will work as both a side dish and light lunch or supper.
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living
1cupgreen lentils, rinsed
1cupquinoa, rinsed really well
1/2teaspoonfresh ground black pepper
2teaspoonsgrated lemon zest
1/4cupfreshly squeezed lemon juice
2tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
3/4cupthinly sliced green onions
3/4cupchopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
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.
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 cupWeight Watchers PointsPlus: *6Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *4
Camilla's Lemony Lentil Quinoa Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 254Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: lentil quinoa salad, quinoa salad
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