Sunday, January 5, 2014

Salad with Lentils

Simple recipe for Salad with Lentils | sandraseasycooking.com

Hello everybody, 
Officially my first post of the year, and I wanted to start this year with something fresh, healthy and delicious. I am still here working hard on the blog, and updating some old posts, recipes and pictures...a lot of work but it is worth it. 
One exciting news is that I won recipe competition on the gourmandize.com...something that I did not expect at all as I was doing my happy dance I think this year have a good start! :)

Lentils, either you love them or hate them...and I have been hater for a longest time. I don't know, something about the texture that is not quite clicking with me so I had to come up with a recipe to incorporate them into my diet. So this is it! I actually like it very much when it's mixed with raw vegetables. I used pineapple to balance the flavor, and as much as I love honey I didn't wanted to add it into the dressing, so pineapple is a great compliment. Also I tried with mango and apple and it was also fantastic. 

I am happy to say that my kids love Lentil stew, and soup. Actually for somebody that do not like lentils, they find place on our table quite often. YUP, I am little bit ashamed of myself- even my kids make fun of me because if it. 
While they were dipping today bread into lentil stew, I was sitting and eating this salad. It's vibrant and healthy, plus finally I found a way to eat these gems and I hope you will too. What is your favorite way to make/eat lentils? 

Salad with Lentils 
Serves 2-3  Total Time: 30 minutes
prep time: 15 min. cook time: 20 min.  
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Salad:
  • Cooked Lentils 
  • Tomato
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Firmer avocado
  • 1/2 cup cubed Pineapple or Mango 
  • 1/4 Red Onion
Dressing:
  • 2 Tbs. Cilantro, chopped (use flat leaf parsley as alternative)
  • 2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs. Olive Oil 
  • Sea Salt to taste *if needed
  • 1 Tbs Feta Cheese, per person (optional) 
Directions:
  1. Wash the lentils and place them in the pot, season with salt and put garlic clove to cook along with lentils. Turn the heat on high until boiling point, slightly cover and simmer/turn heat on low and cook for 20 minutes. Add water if needed until they are completely cooked. (Lentils need to be tender on the bite but still firm) 
  2. Meanwhile, cut all the vegetables as well as pineapple or mango into smaller cubes. Chop the cilantro or parsley. 
  3. whisk together Lemon Juice, Olive oil, chopped cilantro or parsley and season with pinch of freshly grind sea salt. 
  4. Once the lentils are done, drain them and wash in the colander under cold water. Let them cool down. 
  5. Gently mix lentils with other ingredients, drizzle over dressing and again stir, more like fold just to get everything coded. Crumble on top Feta Cheese if desired and serve immediately as a side dish or salad. 
Enjoy!

Note*

  • If you don't like or do not want to add pineapple or mango, an apple is a great substitute. It brings the sweetness to the salad, and balance. 
  • Depending on the age of the legume or kind, cooking time should be adjusted by the taste test. Mine cooked for 20 minutes but it may take up to 30. 
  • If you do not like or have Feta Cheese, you may use Goat, Queso Fresco or perhaps crumbled blue cheese. 

Easy and Healthy Salad with Lentils #recipe #salad | sandraseasycooking.com


Your friend,
Sandra 


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16 comments :

  1. Sandra I just found your blog today. I have to say your photos are beautiful! This lentil salad looks delicious and it's really healthy as well. I will be trying this soon. Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Layla! Thank you very much for your kind comment!

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  2. Can you believe that I never made salad with lentil? Only soup...thank you so much for the inspiration Sandra.
    The salad looks delicious with all the yummy ingredients in it.
    Happy New Year and have a lovely week ahead :D

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    1. It is mix of already popular salad ingredients so addition of lentils blends nicely. I would say instead of nuts fits perfectly. Thank you Juliana!

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  3. Lentil salad to start the new year! Lovely presentation, Sandra. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Viviane, i am glad you like it!

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  4. First of all congratulations on winning the recipe competition!!! What an awesome news (and I love that cake!)!!! Great start with a healthy salad recipe, Sandra!

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  5. Yay..your first post of the year! I love that you kicked it off with a healthy recipe. Looks delish. I like your set of social media buttons btw...is it tricky to add?

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    1. It is not tricky at all, just little courage to do it haha.....you have code and everything online just search for "share buttons for blogger". I actually didn't find them useful, even tho they look like that. Only pinterest was working properly. I have to find better solution. Thank you Kim!

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    2. Oh do you use blogger too? It seems like everyone but me uses WordPress.

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    3. Yup! I use blogger as a platform for the last 3 years but 2 year ago I got domain so you don't see blogspot. It redirect to just .com :D

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  6. Congrats, Sandra! How wonderful winning the recipe competition! I don't think I've had lentil before. You made me curious. I've got to try it now.

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    1. I am not huge fan, but I gave them a try this way. Thank you so much, Sue! xo

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  7. Congratulations for winning the recipe competition, Sandra. This great looking salad is definitely a great way to start the new year. Delicious and healthful.

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