19 May 2010

Quinoa, Lentil & Bean Salad


This was a quickly thrown together dish for dinner tonight, just using what I had to hand. It was a hearty salad with a lovely fresh dressing and lots of lush green coriander.

This is my entry for this month's No Croutons Required. The challenge this month was to make a mexican style salad or soup. My salad isn't particularly authentic, but it gives a nod to mexican cuisine and it is very yummy. If you want to join in, you have until tomorrow evening to submit an entry.



Quinoa, Lentil & Bean Salad

250g prepared black beluga lentils
250g prepared quinoa
240g prepared kidney beans
2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
2 large avocadoes, diced
1 large handful fresh coriander, chopped


dressing

juice of ½ lime
6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
freshly ground black pepper


There's not much in the way of preparation. Toss the avocado in some lime juice before adding to the salad, to prevent it from browning. Apart from that is just one of those salads, where you throw everything in and then toss in the dressing.

Serves 6

35 comments:

  1. I've been collecting quinoa recipes lately. I'm adding this one to my list.

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  2. Hey Pam, It's a very, very simple one, but we did enjoy it and will be enjoying it for lunch over the next couple of days too :)

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  3. Looks delicious and what a beautiful picture!

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  4. I do love Mexican Jacqueline. Your ladies are doing a great job:D

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  5. This sounds really delicious. I just had a quinoa dish for lunch at a restaurant, and it made me want to use quinoa more often!

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  6. I've never really tried beluga lentils. Are they easily available? Are they the ones that Indians use in Dal Makhni?

    The pic looks so fresh!

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  7. It's lovely stuff isn't it Andrea, I think I even prefer it to cous cous now and the bonus is, Graham likes it too :)

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  8. It's great isn't it Andrea, I think I even prefer it to cous cous now and the bonus id, Graham likes it too :)

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  9. I love every ingredient in this salad and in the dressing. It looks wonderful.

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  10. I thought of buying quinoa at the wholefoods shop this week but they were sold out - must have been because of the weekend article in a local newspaper

    This salad looks lovely - though I would probably omit the coriander. I haven't got an entry for NCR this month - very sorry not to participate but life has been too crazy for mexican creations - will try harder next month!!!

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  11. Very yummy gets my vote. Avacado and lentils are two of my favourites, but I don't think I've ever had them together - I've been missing out!

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  12. I am looking forward to enjoying it again for lunch today Pam :)

    Thanks Jessica :)

    Hi Johanna, It's funny when products run out after an article is published or it is shown on tv. It always happens here in the UK when Delia Smith recommends something. They sell out almost immediately.

    Don't worry about NCR, you are a great contributor :)

    You have Choclette, it worked really well :)

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  13. I am slightly ashamed to say I have never tried Quinoa

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  14. Your "thrown together" salad looks better than most, although I will have to remove that sprig of cilantro from the top when I go to make it. I can't stand cilantro.

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  15. It's nice Beth, it has a slight nuttiness about it and it is so easy to prepare.

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  16. It's funny how much some people hate coriander/cilantro TB. It's like marmite, there is no middle ground, just love or hate :)

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  17. The salad looks really tasty, and wonderfully healthy - you would be allowed a very indulgent dessert for afters!!!

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  18. I am trying to have some good days to loose this baby weight Brownieville Girl, I had a fat free yoghurt instead.

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  19. Beluga lentils, this is new to me, will look for it :-) The salad looks awesome...yummie!

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  20. It was good Juliana. Not so good second day. I don't think avocadoes like a prolonged stay in the fridge, so I think I will add this to individual bowls apon serving next time.

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  21. Looks good. I have a tin of kidney beans that need something doing with!

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  22. Wonderful submission Jackie. Quinoa is my favorite grain. I posted the roundup earlier today.

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  23. Hey Chele, go to it girl!

    Thanks Lisa, I'll go and have a look :)

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  24. What a lovely salad Jacqeline; love all the ingtredients you've used :-)

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  25. A lovely, tasty & divine looking healthy salad, dear Jaqueline!

    Yummmmmmmm,...I like it,..Can you tell??

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  26. What a gorgeous meal! I love all the colours in it. And the bits of avocado mmmm.

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  27. I am on a roll with avocados just now Ashley :)

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  28. Jacqueline, I also make quinoa salad, but not with beans. It looks scrumtious (great foto).

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  29. Omg I cyber-bumped into your blog 20 minutes ago looking for a Carrot and Celery soup recipe, I am not much of a cook at all neither do I usually enjoy cooking but I have already seen 5 recipes that I cant wait to make! (this Quinoa salad - hubby and I love Quinoa; Carrot Cake - hubby loves 'em; Scottish Macaroons - I love 'em, hubby will too for sure; Carrot and Celery soup - yum!; and that heavenly looking Conchiglioni Al Forno). Mind you this is only after 20 min on your fantastic website. Awesome work and thank you so much really.

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    1. Now that is what I like to hear, someone enjoying and making use of my blog. Thanks for taking the time to stop and leave a comment. You have made my day. Hope to speak to you again.

      Jac
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