Simple. Healthy. Tasty.
Sometimes its OK to not want to cook. Sometimes its OK to rock up to a BBQ with leftover lentils, jazzed up with some fresh herbs and a vinaigrette. Sometimes does not make you a bad person.
“Lentils are a good source of iron which is important in transferring oxygen around the body. To help better absorb this plant based iron, add some vitamin C to your lentil meals such as lemon juice.”
As the days become longer and warmer, life seems to speed up. There is no time for all-consuming meal preparation, we need quick and easy – but taste can’t be comprised. If your in need of a quick dish to whip up after work to bring around to your weeknight neighborhood BBQ, this is a promising option. Simple, healthy, and tasty.
This salad really is an all seasons recipe. In the cooler months when dill and parsley aren’t around, try adding thyme or rosemary (and omit the basil in the dressing) or even your favourite dried herbs. Luckily sprouts can be grown indoors all year round.
Recipe for All Seasons Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette
Recipe by: Rachel, vinaigrette adapted from Rebar Cookbook
Prep Time: 10-35 minutes (depending if you prepare the lentils ahead of time)
Serves: 6-10 as a side dish
Ingredients for All Seasons Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette
2 cups brown lentils (to make 4 cups cooked lentils)
6 cups water
1/2 large red onion, diced
1/4 cup minced dill or cilantro (coriander)
1/4 cup minced parsley
1 cup mixed sprouts
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. raw honey*
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
20g fresh basil leaves, minced
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/4 tsp cracked pepper
1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
*use maple syrup for vegan option
Method for All Seasons Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette
Cook the lentils the night before if you know you want to prepare this dish in a hurry.
To cook the lentils, give them a quick rinse under a sieve and make sure there are no little pebbles present. Place the drained lentils in a saucepan and add the water. Bring it to a boil, then let simmer until all the water has evaporated, or until the lentils are tender. About 30 minutes. Set aside and let cool, or refrigerate until needed.
When you are ready to prepare the salad, add the diced red onion, chopped herbs and cooled lentils to a bowl and mix to combine. Squeeze on some lemon juice.
Toss in your sprouts. You can use your own sprouts (See my post on How To Sprout and the Nutritional Benefits) or use store bought sprouts. Set the salad aside.
To prepare the dressing add all the ingredients into a small blender and mix to combine. Start with 1/4 cup of oil, increase to your liking. If you don’t have a blender, mix all ingredients except for the oil in a bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly add in the oil while continuing to whisk until dressing has emulsified.
Add the dressing to the prepared salad and mix to combine. Taste and season as necessary. Voila!
Nutrition Information for All Seasons Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette
Based on 10 servings
Calories 150 calories
Fat 5.6 g
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