A healthy, protein-packed salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Salad:
Dressing:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place lentils and 1 bay leaf in a saucepan with enough water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes; drain and discard bay leaf. Rinse with cold water until lentils cool and transfer to a large bowl.

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  • Bring 2 cups water, quinoa, and remaining bay leaf to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse quinoa with cold water until cool, discarding bay leaf. Stir quinoa into lentils.

  • Heat lemon juice in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave until warm, about 30 seconds. Stir honey into juice until dissolved. Add vinegar and salt; whisk in olive oil and season with black pepper. Pour lemon juice mixture into lentils and quinoa.

  • Mix walnuts, cranberries, feta cheese, and green onion into lentil and quinoa salad. Toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

205 calories; protein 7.8g 16% DV; carbohydrates 24.7g 8% DV; fat 8.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 5.6mg 2% DV; sodium 122.7mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (38)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2015
A very nice salad that tasted better the longer I left it to sit in the fridge. It even pleased the pickiest eater in my family. I had to make a couple of variations. I used toasted almonds instead of walnuts and goat cheese instead of feta. You will find so many different flavours and textures in this salad it really is a new discovery with every bite. I mixed up the dressing and let the cranberries soak in it while I prepared the quinoa and lentils and this plumped up the dried berries so they became nice and soft when the salad was ready. This is a good recipe to use when you need a prepare ahead meal in one. Thank you CleiaBelia for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2016
it was good but needs a bit more flavour will add more dressing to it and it should be good. also would make less quinoa Read More
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52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2015
A very nice salad that tasted better the longer I left it to sit in the fridge. It even pleased the pickiest eater in my family. I had to make a couple of variations. I used toasted almonds instead of walnuts and goat cheese instead of feta. You will find so many different flavours and textures in this salad it really is a new discovery with every bite. I mixed up the dressing and let the cranberries soak in it while I prepared the quinoa and lentils and this plumped up the dried berries so they became nice and soft when the salad was ready. This is a good recipe to use when you need a prepare ahead meal in one. Thank you CleiaBelia for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2015
Excellent salad! Very high in protein, fibre and iron. I added red peppers to the salad and a little garlic to the dressing. Yum! Worth a try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2016
Added grated lemon peel to boost the flavor of the dressing. Cooked the quinoa in chicken stock. Added chopped Apple with the cranberries. It's a very nice side dish. Good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2016
Amazing! I usually double the lemon juice, honey and vinegar to make it more tangy. Delicious without the feta, if you want a vegan meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2016
I loved this salad. It was good fresh and even better after setting a day or two. When I make it again I will make at least one day early so the flavores can meld together. One could add any additional ingredients and I think it would be just as good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2018
I made this for a bridal shower and it was excellent. The only change I made was I doubled the amount of dressing. Everyone loved it and it was filling. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/26/2016
This was rather bland and I even made it with Sweet and Hot Feta. It needs something else. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2016
it was good but needs a bit more flavour will add more dressing to it and it should be good. also would make less quinoa Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2018
I made this as a go to salad. I am trying to have ready to grab healthy food available when I am tempted by the pretzels trail mix or chocolate. I love the high protein texture and great taste of this salad. I have already made it three times substituting with different cheese and nuts. Stick with the basic recipe but It does work well with a little experimentation! Read More
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