lentil-white bean salad

Last night I decided I wanted to make a salad for my lunches this week.  I put together a couple things I love: lentils, beans, and broccoli, and made a dressing inspired by the quinoa salad recipe I got from my mom.  The result?  A delicious, fresh, perfect summer salad!

Lentil-White Bean Salad
  • 1/2c. dried lentils
  • 1/2c. dried white beans
  • 1 bag frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 carrots, diced
for the dressing:
  • 2T. olive oil
  • 1T. lemon juice
  • 2t. italian seasonings
  • 1t. salt
  • 1t. cumin
  • 1/2t. dried ground mustard
  • 1t. sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
Soak lentils and beans in 5c. water for 6-8 hours.  Drain and rinse.  Combine lentils and beans in 5c. water and bring to a boil.  Simmer until soft (45 minutes to an hour).  Once soft, add the bag of frozen broccoli.  Return to boil and simmer for another 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain.  In a large bowl, combine the lentils, beans, broccoli, and carrots.  Stir.  In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk together.  Pour over the lentil-bean mixture.  Stir until well-blended.  Chill before serving.  Makes about 6 servings (or 4 big ones).
You can play around with this a little – I think it could handle more white beans and lentils – maybe 3/4c. of each?  And if you’re not a big garlic person go down to 1 or 2 cloves – 3 is pretty strong (but delicious!).
I’m working through lunch today so I can get out early for a run (it’s going to be H-O-T), before birthday celebrations for a dear friend:
Happy birthday, Lauren!!!  We’re going to have pizza and cake and watch Toy Story 3.  It sounds kid-ish and wonderful, yes?
(PS – Seeing that picture I want my hair longer again, like now.  Somewhere Dave pumps his fist in joy and happiness.)

2 thoughts on “lentil-white bean salad

  1. i take it dave is not a fan of the short hair? i was told today i have to grow my hair out for the wedding in october- we'll see about that!

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