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Yellow Lentil Salad

Yellow Lentil Salad

We are all about colourful, delicious and healthy food here at Vegan.io. We also love practicality and simple recipes. Well, this yellow lentil salad ticks all the boxes but be warned, you won't be able to put this salad down once you get to it!

We love this yellow lentil salad recipe for all sorts of reasons. I called it a salad for the lack of a better word but it's so much more than just a salad. It has everything you need to keep your belly full and your body properly nurtured. 

First of all, we have veggies. We've included a few different fresh colourful veggies. The different nutrients in your fruit and veggies will give them different colours. For this reason, we always want to have a good variety of colours so we get a wider range of health benefits from our meals. 

Yellow Lentil Salad ingredients

The yellow lentil salad we are making has chives, cucumber, sweet corn kernels, and red bell pepper. As you can see, we have a nutrient powerhouse right there. All these veggies are affordable, easy to get and they keep our salad light and fresh. Exactly what we need for the warmer days ahead of us.  

When we think of salads we usually think of them as a dish or an entree. But this yellow lentil salad is more like a main. The lentils and the couscous make this dish a lot more filling than a your regular salad. You won't feel hungry for a good while. 

Lentils are a great way to make a salad into a main dish. They are jammed packed with nutrients and are a great source of plant-based protein. This yellow lentil salad will get you 20 g of protein per serving. This amount is when all the ingredients are mixed in together but most of that protein comes from the lentils alone. 

Lentils come in several different colours and they all are slightly different, taste and nutrition wise. The differences are not huge but there are definitely some dishes where one kind will suit better than the other. 

chopped salad ingredients

For this recipe, it was all about the looks. Yellow lentils look a bit more appetising than the other ones. And yellow lentils mixed in with couscous let the colours of the veggies pop beautifully. Your plate will look a whole lot prettier this way. 

The dressing for this yellow lentil salad is not fancy nor complicated. We don't really need much. We are just mixing extra virgin olive oil, the juice and zest of a lemon, black pepper and salt. It is super simple but it brings all the ingredients together quite nicely. 

Lastly, this yellow lentil salad is incredibly easy to make. You can make a big batch and have it ready for the week. It is perfect to grab and go if you are in a hurry. And you can easily fill a lunch box with it, it travels really well and since the dressing is already mixed in you don't have to worry about making a mess! 

Yellow Lentil Salad single

Ingredients
11
Prep time
20 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Gluten, Olives

Ingredients

For the salad

  • ¼ cup chives (washed and sliced)
  • ½ cup couscous
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (diced into small pieces)
  • ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup yellow lentils (washed)

For the seasoning

  • 4 dashes black pepper (ground)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (grated) (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt

For the bread

  • 4 slices whole grain bread (toasted)

Directions

  1. Cook the yellow lentils and couscous until al dente and set them aside to let them cool down. Use vegetable broth to cook the couscous.
  2. Boil the corn in water for about 5-8 minutes, make sure you don't overcook it.
  3. Mix the seasoning in a small bowl.
  4. Add the salad ingredients to a bowl and mix well with the seasoning.
  5. Adjust taste and serve with a slice of bread, enjoy!

Notes

    

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