RASPBERRY QUINOA LENTIL SALAD
Updated: Sep 1, 2020
If you're looking for a fun new salad idea this high in fiber raspberry quinoa lentil salad recipe from IDEA authors is a must, a recipe for health!
"For years, we’ve heard that eating more dietary fiber delivers a range of health benefits, from greater weight loss to better blood sugar control to lower cholesterol levels. Now, scientists increasingly suggest that much of the power of fiber is due to its impact on the human microbiome—our internal colonies of bacteria."
This salad has so many great benefits! If you’re not crazy about one ingredient there are so many flavors and textures to combat, and being that all the ingredients are so healthy you can swap one item for another to get the desired taste you like, while indulging in rich fiber, protein, and the provided heart health benefits in the legumes!
Today one of our biggest contributors to eating unhealthily is lack of planning and meal prep, this salad is so easy to prep in your down time, or day off and allows you to make multiple servings in one batch so you can have it ready to just grab and go on those busy mornings, or a short lunch break!
To get your fill of this delicious fiber-full recipe you will need:
¾ C black (beluga) lentils or French green lentils
¾ C quinoa
1 ½ C low-sodium vegetable broth
2 C fresh raspberries
1 cucumber, diced
⅓ C fi finely chopped fresh mint
3 chopped scallions (green onions)
½ C sliced kalamata olives
½ C crumbled feta cheese
⅓ C roasted sunflower seeds
3 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 T fresh lemon juice
Place lentils in a medium-sized saucepan and cover with about 2 inches of water.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer until tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Drain lentils and place in a large bowl; let cool.
In a separate saucepan, bring quinoa and broth or water to a simmer, reduce heat, and simmer covered until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed,
about 12 minutes. Set aside covered for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork. Add to bowl with lentils.
Place raspberries, cucumber, mint,scallions, olives, feta and sunfl ower seeds
in the bowl with the lentils and quinoa; toss gently to combine.
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