Jane's friend, Karol, is our latest contributor and she recommends this delicious looking Quinoa and Lentil Salad from Once Upon a Tart.
Karol writes, "Here is a fab recipe. I usually add more ginger and curry than the recipe calls for. All super foods. I make it and then we take it for lunch during the week. I had the reverse amounts of quinoa and lentils but it worked out fine, maybe a little lighter with more grain and fewer “beans”. I also used the standard ratios of 2 to 1 liquid to grain/bean so I didn’t have to drain them after cooking. I added more vegetables – cucumber, red pepper, green and red onion, cherry tomatoes and spinach. Threw the hot grain on top of the spinach so it wilted a bit. The dressing for this is DELICIOUS. I added a tsp of Dijon mustard to give it a bit more oomph."
Thanks so much, Karol, I'm guessing this recipe is going to be very popular with our readers!
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Quinoa and Lentil Salad
Serves: 8 ppl
- 6 cups cold unsalted water (for the lentils)
- 1-1/2 cups French green lentils, rinsed
- 3 cups cold unsalted water (for the quinoa)
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
GINGER CURRY VINAIGRETTE:
Juice of 1 large lemon
2T. red wine vinegar
1 T. Madras curry powder
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 garlic clove, minced
1 t. salt
1/2 cup olive oil
Sriracha hot sauce to dressing to your taste
Place water and lentils in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, until tender but not mushy.
At the same time, cook the quinoa in another saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature and simmer for 10-15 minutes until slightly translucent.
Drain both the lentils and quinoa and add to a large salad bowl.
Add the grated carrots
Add the chopped cilantro
Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to mix.
Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
Whisk all ingredients except the olive oil in a small bowl. Add the olive oil in a stream, whisking as you go until blended.