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Lentil Quinoa Salad

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cup quinoa

1 1/4 cups water, plus 2 cups

1/2 cup lentils

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 lime, zested

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 green onions, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Put the quinoa in a sieve and rinse in cold water. In a large microwave-proof bowl with a cover, add the rinsed quinoa and 1 1/4 cups water. Cover and microwave on high for 9 minutes. Let it sit for 2 minutes then stir. Quinoa should be tender enough to eat, but with a little "pop" upon biting.
  2. Put the lentils in a sieve and rinse in cold water. In a saucepan, simmer the lentils in 2 cups water until the lentils are tender, but not mushy, about 30 minutes. Drain and cool.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard and vinegar together, and drizzle in the oil to make an emulsion. Add the garlic powder, lime zest, and salt, and pepper, to taste.
  4. To assemble the salad: In a medium salad bowl, mix the quinoa, lentils, green onions, and chopped cilantro. Top the salad with the dressing, toss to coat and serve.
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