by The Culinistas

We’re not gonna lie: This dish may just be our favorite grains dish. It’s packed with good stuff (hello, lentils, which are low in calories and high in protein) & also tastes *truly* delicious. The sun-dried tomato vinaigrette coats the mouth with a tart, bright, rich tang with a hit of spice in all the best ways thanks to the cayenne. One bite and you’ll be a believer. 

Chef tips:

– You should add woody spices to water when cooking grains to build another flavor dynamic through the dish; then remember to discard them!

– Consider using the sun dried tomato oil in the dressing. It adds a nice hit of flavor. 

– Dice the mozzarella small so the smokiness of the cheese isn’t overpowering throughout the salad.

Lentils & Quinoa

Prep Time 20 mins 

Cook Time 30 mins  

Serves 4 to 6

½ cup black lentils

¼ cup quinoa

¼ cup sun dried tomatoes, drained

2 TB lemon juice

1 TB lemon zest

¼ tsp cayenne

¼ cup olive oil

4 oz smoked mozzarella, cubed

½ cup parsley leaves, roughly chopped, plus 

more for garnish

Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook lentils until soft, 30 mins. Strain & let lentils cool completely. Set aside.

2. In the same saucepan, boil ½ cup water with quinoa, then simmer, covered, until soft, 20 mins. Let cool & set aside.

3. Make the sun dried tomato vinaigrette: In a high speed blender, blend sun dried tomatoes, lemon juice, zest & cayenne. While the motor is running, slowly stream in oil. Loosen with water if needed. Season with salt & pepper. 

4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the lentils, quinoa, mozzarella & parsley. Season to taste with the sun dried tomato vinaigrette. 

5. Transfer the salad to a shallow serving bowl & garnish with parsley leaves. Serve at room temperature.

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