Wednesday, 16 January 2013

#WIAW - Spicy Lentil Salad

It is What I Ate Wednesday, brought to you by the adorable Peas and Crayons. And I am continuing my adventure with veggies and dabbling with vegan recipes.

This week I am sharing my new favourite lunch time eats - my Spicy Lentil Salad recipe. It is the perfect way to squeeze in some extra veggies into your daily diet. It's packed with protein and extra fiber. Plus this salad is hearty enough that it will keep you full and energized all day.

Spicy Lentil Salad

(*This makes enough for me to take for lunch over 4 days out of the week - but that because I don't share*)

5 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
2 cups of dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 apple cider vinegar 
4 green onions, whole and slices on a diagonal
2 whole carrots, grated
Sprigs of Parsley, roughly chopped

1. Rinse your lentils and pick out any that look less than stellar. Add water, sea salt, and lentils to a pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and allow the lentils to simmer covered for 30 minutes
2. Mix up dressing while the lentils cook. EVO, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt, apple cider vinegar, and garlic.
3. Strain cooked lentils - they should still be firm and hold their shape - nothing worse than squishy lentils. Top the lentil with dressing and allow the mixture to cool. The heat of the lentils will give the dressing extra depth.
4. Once your lentils are cooled mix in parsley, green onions, and grated carrots. And you are ready to serve.

Hope you all enjoy!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,