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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

BY ELIZABETH BORELLI

Misc 010This scrumptious high protein salad is surprisingly simple to pull together.  The combination of lentils and quinoa produces a nutty taste and pleasing texture for a hearty lunch or side dish.  Toss in some oven roasted cauliflower and serve over arugula for a wonderfully healthy meal.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cup ea., French Green, Spanish Pandina and green lentils
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • ¾ cup pitted Kalamata olives, finely chopped
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped (a blender or food processor is perfect for this)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. powdered garlic
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Give your lentils a quick rinse to remove any debris.  Add 8 cups of water to a large saucepan and pour in the lentils and quinoa.  The water should cover the lentils by at least 4”.   Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat, add a sprinkle of salt, and simmer for 15 minutes before adding onion, celery and sundried tomatoes.  Return to a simmer and cook 10-15 minutes longer, until lentils are tender.   Remove from the heat, drain and pour the mixture into a large serving bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and serve warm or cold.

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