Beans or legumes combined with grains make a complete protein, They also make nice salads, and are perfect in summer to serve as light, cool suppers, or side dishes. You can easily take extra left over beans of any kind and grains of any kind and combine them with a variety of ingredients; veggies, fruits, cheeses, nuts and a nice dressing; toss together and you have a delicious salad.
I have come to enjoy Quinoa over the years. It is a nice variation from brown rice, and is higher in protein, fiber and many vitamins. This salad is loaded with healthy ingredients and is so refreshing and delicious.
Dice all of your veggies: Tomatoes
And fresh Basil (or any herbs you like).
Combine in a bowl.
Drizzle with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil.
Gently Toss to combine.
Top with Feta Cheese and serve.
Quinoa Lentil Salad
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 1/4 cups cooked lentils
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 of a medium/small onion, diced
1 clove fresh garlic, crushed and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1/3 cup thinly sliced and diced celery
3/4 cup diced cucumber
1/3 cup fresh herbs, chopped ( I have used parsley, basil and dill, and sometimes a combination).
3 -4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Place quinoa, lentils and all of the chopped vegetables and herbs in a bowl.
- Drizzle with fresh lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.
- Toss gently to mix.
- Top with feta cheese