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Lentil and Brown Rice Salad

Prior to this recipe I had never cooked with lentils and didn’t understand the difference between non sprouted and sprouted. So I just bought what my local market had on stock which were non-sprouted. I ended up with a huge stomach ache after eating what I thought was a healthy light salad. From this I learned if you don’t buy sprouted lentils you have to soak the legumes overnight to release all the gaseous elements. Just an FYI for your shopping and tummy experience. On a better note, this was a nice change from a traditional lettuce salad and if you precook everything in advance it is easy to assemble. 

Ingredients: 

        Chive vinaigrette

  •  5-8 chives or one cup packed, chopped  
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • Salt to taste
        Salad 
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked and cooled 
  • 1 cup assorted sprouted lentils
  • 1 tablespoon silvered almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 1 large zucchini, julienned  
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced  
Cook the brown rice and let cool. 
At the same time toast the almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Then set aside. 
Boil the lentils for about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let rest for about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse lentils under cold water then set aside to cool. 

Next prepare the chive vinaigrette. Puree chives, oil, lemon and salt in a food processor until smooth. Then strain chive vinaigrette through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl. My only option was to use a mini strainer and tea cup. Worked just as well.

Before:

After:

Combine rice, lentils, seeds, nuts, zucchinis, scallions, and chive vinaigrette into a presentable bowl and toss.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Love and health nuts, 

Toots and Kakes 

Recipe from bon appetite magazine. 

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