Monday, October 19, 2009

Lentil Salad

This is one of our favourite salad. Specially dear hubby likes it for lunch in the office. It's quite filling also because the main ingredient is lentils.Though I'm writing the ingredients which I normally use but then agian no restrictions, I always put whatever I have in hand for e.g celery, parsnip, red bell pepper, basically any kind of veg. which you would use in normal salad.

Ingredients :
  1. 2 cups of cooked(boiled)* Lentils( I used Red Chorry available at Indian Grocery Stores)
  2. 1/2 small onion
  3. 1 Large tomato
  4. 2 carrots
  5. 1/2 cup salad greens of your choice
  6. 1 small cucumber
  7. green chillies as per taste
  8. 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  9. handful of raisns
  10. handful of toasted nuts of your choice
  11. salt as per taste
  12. black pepper as per taste
  13. juice of 1 lime


Method :

1) Finely chop all the Salad vegetables including green chillies (this is little time consuming, so I usually chop everything a night before & then assemble the salad hour or two before the lunch time).

2) In a big bowl mix drained lentils, chopped veggies, raisins, cilantro, salt, black pepper & lime juice and gently mix up everything.Keep it in the fridge.

3) When ready to eat take it out add roasted chopped nuts mix them well & one healthy lunch is ready. We usually eat it as a lunch but you can have it as a side salad in full meal.

Note : * For boiling the lentils for salad purpose don't use too much of water just enough water to cover them plus one extra cup, and then pressure cook them. Little salt & a bay leaf while boiling enhance the flavours.Water left after draining the boiled lentils can be used to make dough for the chapatis.

Variations : This salad also tastes good with black eye beans or chickpeas.

While we gonna enjoy this colorful & tasty salad today for lunch, I would like to send the same to My Legume Love Affair : the 16th helping event hosted this month by jeanne of CookSister.com, event created and administered by the lovely Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook. Also sending this entry to No Croutons Required event, hosted by Jacqueline.

4 comments:

no croutons required said...

Thanks for entering you salad Spice. It does look delicious! Good luck.

Jacqueline
:)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely lentil salad...humm and its yummy too..hop in our blog sometime..

Anonymous said...

Nice recipe, specially with nuts & raisins I gotta make it.

Jeanne said...

Oh that looks lovely! I love the addition of the nuts and raisins. Thanks for contributing to MLLA this month :)