Quinoa & Beluga Lentil Salad


We’ve had a couple of blah days, and I’ve been feeling a bit blah… misery loving company and such.
I haven’t been cooking that much either, I’m a bit unmotivated – I’ve taken to letting the contents of my fridge guide me.
That’s how this dinner came about, leftover quinoa and lentils turned into a warm modest salad, citrusy and tangy.
It’s light, will work perfectly as a side – and doesn’t require too many ingredients.
I add a side of greens and toss in some nuts and olives to make a main dish out of it.
I love the lemony dressing with a dash of ginger; it’s refreshing.
This salad helps to chase away those blah feelings… for a while.

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Quinoa & Beluga Lentil Salad


  • ½ cup beluga lentils
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • ½ a clove of garlic (or ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • Side of greens
  • A handful of toasted nuts
  • A few olives


  • Zest & juice from one meyer lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange muscat champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • Pinch of ginger powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine quinoa and lentils in a saucepan, rinse thoroughly and add 1 – 1 ½ cups of water
  2. Add pepper flakes, ginger, garlic, coconut oil and salt
  3. Bring to boil over medium heat, then lower heat and let it simmer until tender & cooked
  4. *Rice Cooker Option: Rinse quinoa and lentils; add to rice cooker with water and the rest of the ingredients
    Stir and set to cook per your machine instructions.
  5. In a large salad or mixing bowl, whisk lemon zest, juice, olive oil and vinegar together
  6. Add rosemary, ginger and salt and pepper – taste as you go to ensure you have the perfect balance. (Reserve some, if you plan on having a side of greens with your salad)
  7. Fluff quinoa and lentils and toss with dressing
  8. Add onions and sundried tomatoes and mix until well combined
  9. Let cool, taste and season with more salt & pepper if needed
  10. Serve with nuts & a side of greens
  11. Enjoy!



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