I love the already cooked quinoa and lentils from Trader Joe’s and I always have a package of each in the fridge/freezer for emergencies. They are a lifesaver when time is short and you have to put dinner on the table.
I also like cooking almost everything from scratch and that includes lentils and other beans, but tonight, I decided to use the already cooked ones and make a quick salad. I added walnuts to the mixture, then some crunchy green celery, green onions and lots of spices.
I had a little bowl for dinner and fell in love with the taste and the texture of the salad. I think I liked the ginger flavor the most, it gives the salad an exotic, elegant taste.
IF you need to cook quinoa from scratch, then follow the instructions below.
HOW TO COOK QUINOA:
If you use uncooked quinoa, for each cup of uncooked seeds, use 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pot. Simmer for 15 minutes until the quinoa absorbs the water. Remove from the stove and let rest for 5 minutes. For this salad, set aside to cool completely.
Then, you will need lentils.
HOW TO COOK LENTILS:
Use 3 cups of water for every cup of lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender but not mushy. The best way to check if they are done is to taste them.
Then you will need few green onions, some celery, spices, lime juice and lime zest, vinegar, and some olive oil. Mix everything together and refrigerate for 30 minutes, so the ingredients would get acquainted. Then, enjoy, my friends, and let me know what you think!
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Video Recipe: (This is my first video ever, so please don’t laugh too hard, I am totally a beginner) 🙂
- 3 cups cooked quinoa (from 1 cup raw quinoa)
- 2 cups cooked lentils (from ¾ cup raw lentils)
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2-3 green onions
- 1 Tbsp dried mediterranean herb mix (e.g. rosemary, oregano, marjoram, basil, tarragon)
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ginger powder
- 1-2 limes(zest and juice)
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the quinoa:
- For each cup of uncooked quinoa, use 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pot. Simmer for 15 minutes until the quinoa absorbs the water. Remove from the stove and set aside to cool.
- Cook the lentils:
- Use 3 cups of water for every cup of lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender but not mushy. The best way to check if they are done is to taste them.Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl place the lentils and the quinoa.
- Add chopped celery, green onions and walnuts.
- Add salt and pepper, the herb mix, garlic powder, ginger powder, lime zest.
- Add lime juice and olive oil.
- Mix well and serve chilled.