Quinoa and Lentil Salad; pink roses

I love lentils. Mon mari tolerates them.

But he will eat almost anything in a salad.

If you make the Quinoa Pilaf, double the recipe. Then, if you also cook the lentils ahead of time, this salad will be ready in minutes.

It’s a great salad to have for a picnic or lazy backyard barbecue. Make it ahead and don’t worry about it – no mayonnaise.

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Quinoa and Lentil Salad

I always try to cook rice, grains, beans etc. ahead in the summer so it’s a quick dinner to mix them together and add a bit of vinaigrette for a healthy salad to go with something from the grill.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads


  • 1/2 cup (100gr, 3.5oz) quinoa
  • 1 cup (250ml, 8oz) chicken stock
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup small green lentils (Lentille Verte du Puy) 
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock and 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbs fresh, snipped chives or garlic chives
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs good olive oil
  • 2 tsp sesame of walnut oil  optional


  • Briefly inspect the lentils in case someone missed the odd stone. Rinse and drain.
  • Cook the lentils in stock about 30 minutes / according to package directions or until done. 
  • When done, remove from heat and drain if needed. 
  • Set aside or cool completely and refrigerate.
  • Put quinoa and stock in a small saucepan, cover and bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer until done, about 15 minutes (or whatever your package says).
  • Heat oil in a small skillet and sauté celery and carrot for 5 minutes. 
  • When quinoa is done, stir in sautéed vegetables. 
  • Set aside or cool completely and refrigerate.
  • To make salad:
  • Put ingredients for vinaigrette in a medium bowl and whisk well to combine.
  • Add lentils, quinoa, chives, and stir well to combine. 


You could substitute 1 3/4 cup canned lentils or white beans for the dry lentils


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 467
  • Sugar: 4.3 g
  • Sodium: 395.5 mg
  • Fat: 22.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.2 g
  • Fiber: 7.3 g
  • Protein: 16.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: quinoa salad, lentil salad

Lentil and Quinoa Salad

I was going to complain about the heat.

Then I saw the weather in parts of the U.S.

Never mind….

Here are some roses instead.

It’s only been in the mid-90’s here, but even that is hard on a big, old, dog. It’s been a week of closed doors and shutters during the day and everything open at night. We have hopes of temperature-breaking rain tonight…..

4 thoughts on “Quinoa and Lentil Salad; pink roses”

  1. I love lentils but am finding I’m not such a big fan of quinoa. However, up until yesterday, it was 90 here with 97% humidity, so this would be a nice side!

    My roses are holding up to the heat which surprises me. My 100+ year old rose bush that has made a couple moves with me and that I tried to kill when we moved here, is blooming like nobody’s business. And it’s beautiful. My other, non climbers, are also doing well. It’s supposed to be a bit cooler today so I’ll be working in the yard. My dobe will be laying in the sun because he’s a bit nuts, I think. :/ It can be 100 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, and that’s his preferred spot.

    • Bonnie use to lay in the sun. She’d be hot to touch by the time she realized it was hot out. Then it got really hot the summer before she died and she wouldn’t be outside at all. Just laid in front of the fan – exposing her belly lol
      Guapa doesn’t like leaving the house for any reason at the moment.

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