This tantalizing salad is perfect for a summer meal. I served it to my family along with a leafy green salad. A crowd pleaser for sure. An interesting range of textures and flavors all in one dish, the crunch of the vegetables, the nutty fluffiness of the quinoa combined with lentils, the flavors all come together with the spices and cashew dressing. Refreshing, perfectly balanced, making this dish an excellent choice for vegetarians.
Instead of the curry powder and other spices, you can use 2 teaspoons of garam masala and 2 teaspoons of a fresh curry blend made up of the following: a dash of asafoetida, a 1/2 teaspoon of ground mustard, a 1/2 teaspoon of ground fennel seeds, 1 - 2 green chilies, seeded and finely chopped, a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom, a pinch of saffron, fresh cracked black pepper to taste, and 3 tablespoons of dried crumbled fenugreek leaves.
Feel free to reduce the recipe for a smaller serving and do increase the spices if you like it hot like I do. I was a bit more modest with the spicing than usual as I was serving it to my family who are not used to the heat like I am.
|Curried Quinoa Salad with Lentils and Sun-Dried Tomatoes|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from City Life Eats
Published on October 12, 2011
Packed with flavor and nutrition, this quinoa and lentil salad is perfect for summer meals
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