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Quinoa and Red Lentil Salad

The red lentils in this salad give your lunch an extra boost of fiber.

This recipe includes whole grains and is packed with fiber.  Mix up the salad on the weekend for lunch during the week.

Makes 4 servings

quinoa and red lentil salad

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa, well rinsed
1 cup water
Salt to taste
1/2 cup fresh or frozen edamame
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup red lentils soaked in cold water to cover for 2-3 hours and drained
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil

Instructions:

Combine quinoa, water and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all the water. Remove from the heat, fluff, cover and let it stand for at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, if using frozen edamame, cook it, following the directions on the package.

In a medium bowl, toss together the quinoa, edamame, red bell pepper, lentils, walnuts and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, lime juice, cayenne, ginger, soy sauce and olive oil. Toss with the salad. Refrigerate in a bowl or in small individual containers until ready to eat.

This will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving
Calories 282
Fat 12 g
Saturated fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Protein 12 g
Carbohydrates 33 g
Fiber 11 g
Sodium 139 mg

Updated February 27, 2015