Lentil and Rice Salad with Lemon Dressing

I recently made this super refreshing lentil and rice salad with lemon dressing and loved the flavor explosion. Lately I have found myself bored with what I have been eating and this tasty side dish was a breath of fresh air for my taste buds. Yum yum!

I need to add more fresh herbs to my salads and meats because it makes such a difference in the flavor. Only 1 out of the 4 kids liked this but that child had 4 separate helpings. That doesn’t qualify this recipe as kid friendly in my book but it is a recipe I will make again because I enjoyed it.

INGREDIENTS

*This recipe can be made with cauliflower rice instead of basmati rice.

Lentils

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 3 cups water

Rice*

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • dash of sea salt

Salad

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cups fresh basil, chopped

Dressing

  • 6 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. To make lentils, place water and lentils into pot and bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat for 15 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Once lentils are cooked drain in a strainer. (I used red lentils)
  2. To make rice, place rice, water, and salt into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer lentils and rice to large bowl and add carrots, parsley, green onions, and basil.
  4. To make dressing, whisk together all ingredients in a separate bowl and then for over mixture and toss to coat.

Yields: 6 generous servings

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