Thursday, August 20, 2015

Quinoa Lentil Salad

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


  1. Place quinoa, lentils and all of the chopped vegetables and herbs in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Toss gently to mix.
  4. Top with feta cheese
  5. Enjoy!



  1. That looks amazingly delicious. :)

  2. The salad looks so refreshing. I have never tried quinoa and going to put it on my grocery list for today. I have seen other recipes using guino and yours looks so good, I am ready to give it a try. It always helps to see a picture of the dish, I am a visual person, I buy cookbooks on the what the cover picture is like. Usually works out :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend, especially if you are still by your hubby.


    1. Cheryl, I will love hearing how you like the quinoa. I gave it a try when I first heard about it (its been over 25 years now… hard to believe how the years have flown by). Its good, and I do like to vary my grains so that I am not eating so much wheat. Have a great week and thanks for the comment.
      Hugs, Pam

  3. Dearest Pam, This is just delicious looking, and I know it taste as good as it looks! You always have the most perfect and healthy ideas! I did PIN this one... Yummy
    I loved having you here in person, and so glad you enjoyed those heirloom zucchini I made just for you!
    Thank You for always encouraging me in my writing and blogging arena, and living the life God has given us! Yours Always, Roxy xo

    1. Thanks Rox, you are such a blessing to me.

  4. I am going to make this. Right now! Thank you for sharing my friend. :) Hugs, Camille

  5. I made a double batch and it ALL. GOT. EATEN!!! At one meal. No leftovers! It was a hit...obviously. Hugs, Camille

    1. Oh I'm so glad you made it Camille, and that every one loved it, that just makes my day.
      Hugs to you!