Wild Rice & Lentil Salad

Acting as a Blog Ambassador for Canadian Lentils at BlogHer Food '14 in Miami You probably remember that I was selected as a Blog Ambassador for Canadian Lentils at the recent BlogHer Food conference in Miami. What an honor! I had a lot of fun representing the brand and bringing attention to the fabulosity of lentils. :) Lentils are packed full of protein and fiber, and are delicious and easy to cook! As part of my sponsorship, I created two lentil-based dishes – one was my Blueberry Baked Oatmeal with Lentils. The other recipe is this Wild Rice & Lentil Salad that I’m sharing today: Wild Rice & Lentil Salad from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com This recipe was born out of necessity; I had just come back from my whirlwind trip to the East Coast and didn’t have a whole lot of ingredients to work with (not to mention being completely jet-lagged and barely capable of boiling water). It doesn’t get much easier than throwing everything together in a big bowl! Wild Rice & Lentil Salad from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com Also, did you know that wild rice isn’t really a grain, but a seed? #randomfoodfact Here’s the salad recipe:

Wild Rice & Lentil Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 cup brown lentils

1 cup wild rice

2 Persian cucumbers

1/4 cup pitted green olives

1 red bell pepper

½ large red onion

1 large ripe avocado

¼ cup sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

3 large lemons

freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cook the lentils and wild rice in separate saucepans according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

Chop the cucumbers and olives into bite-sized pieces and add to a large mixing bowl. Mince the red bell pepper and onion, and dice the avocado, and add to the bowl. Add the sunflower and pumpkin seeds, pour in the cooked lentils and wild rice, and stir to combine.

Lastly, squeeze the juice from the lemons and pour over the salad. Stir well and top with freshly ground pepper, if desired.

 

I served this salad warm on the first day and cold over chopped romaine for lunch the rest of the week. Wild Rice & Lentil Salad from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.com Enjoy! And to learn more about Canadian Lentils, visit them on Facebook and Twitter. Want more of Carrie on Vegan? Connect with me on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, or Google+. And, if you have an iPhone or iPad, be sure to download my recipe app, Vegan Delish, featuring healthy, whole food recipes made using minimal oil, salt, or refined sugars.

Comments

  1. says

    This recipe sounds wonderful! I am pretty sure a recipe that involves avocado and sunflower seeds can do NO wrong! ;) Thanks for sharing, I am eager to try this one out.

  2. says

    I’ve been eating wild rice from Minnesota for over a week now! I love it’s earthy flavor. I made a HUGE batch and I’m using it where ever I would normally want some brown rice. It’s such a fun change from the norm that I went crazy at Whole Foods last week, buying all different fun color rices in the bulk section.

    • says

      Hey lady! I am assuming you found a special wild rice that is grown in an uncontaminated environment? Would you mind sharing your source?

  3. says

    Yum! This salad sounds great =)
    I love lentils, but don’t think I use them enough. I am definitely looking to use them more on a regular basis. They are such a great form of protein and so versatile!
    Congrats on being a blog ambassador!

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