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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Warm Lentil Salad

Well... I promised all of you (and myself ha ha) that I would try my hand at more cooking recipes when I had the chance! I thought it would be a good day for me to pitch in. I went shopping and then made some dinner. I made the staple Cranberry Quinoa salad (recipe was posted a long long time ago)... such an easy dish and possibly one of my most faves! I scoured one of my recipe books for an easy, unique dish that I had most of the ingredients for (since my mom was in Vancouver I really had no one to direct my cooking questions too... so this was a big challenge for me). This recipe says the salad is best warm, but also great cold (I served it warm)...

Warm Lentil Salad
*oil-free, wheat-free, soy-free
(from The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

1 1/4 cups small French lentils du Puy (or brown lentils if others aren't available)
3 1/4 cups vegetable stock
2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried (I used dried)
2 bay leaves
2 Tbsp water, for sauteing
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf or curly Italian parsley

-Combine lentils, stock, thyme, and bay leaves in a medium-size saucepan and simmer over low-medium heat until lentils are tender (about 45 min... check after 30 min to make sure water hasn't evaporated)
-Remove from heat, drain liquid and discard bay leaves... transfer to a mixing bowl (the rest of the ingredients can be added while cool or warm)
-Sautee onion and carrots over medium heat and stir into lentils
-Stir in vinegar, mustard and parsley
-Serve warm or cold!

Makes 8 servings

Per serving:
188 calories
2 g fat
12 g protein
32 g carbohydrate
12 g dietary fiber
0 mg cholesterol
719 mg sodium

Notes: This dish was so delicious, it has a very unique mustard/vinegar taste that sets it apart from a lot of other bean/lentil dishes. I think next time I will add more than double the amount of lentils to the same amount of vinegar/mustard (great flavour, but maybe too many for the amount of lentils). Otherwise... delish!

Mmm... quinoa... and cranberries :)



  1. that looks so delicious! Now i have to decide between this and an egg tahini salad recipe i found for lunch....so hard to choose!!