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Your Family Will be Keen on this Lemony Quinoa Salad (Sorry; Not Sorry)



Where I live, it has been a rainy, cold summer. I have been inundated with photos of friends in other parts of the country, in pools and waterparks, trying to keep cool during these past few hot months. I will admit to feeling pangs of jealousy, as I turn on the oven to make pizza, not being concerned if the house temperature goes up a few degrees, because I am wearing fuzzy slippers and a long-sleeved shirt.

One of the fun things about summer, for me, is creating all sorts of "no cooking" recipes, the kind of light, fresh bowls that feel perfect for a hot summer's night. I offer up this recipe for those of you who are not freezing. And for those of you who are? This makes a perfect lunch.

This lemony lentil quinoa salad is very simple to make, and it is chock-full of protein and other goodness. Best of all, it keeps for a few days in the fridge, so it really is a perfect make-ahead lunch for those crazy days when you cannot leave your desk. And yes, it is a wonderful, light dinner for those of you who are eyeing the humidex with sweaty agony, or who have just popped out of the pool to grab a quick supper. 

Sigh. I don't even hate you - but if you ever want a houseguest, I do love to cook, and I come equipped with wine!

Lemony Lentil Quinoa Salad


3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1-14 ounce can lentils, rinsed and drained
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 mini cucumbers, cut lengthwise and sliced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onion, chopped
1/2 cup parsley


  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Allow to cool. MAKE AHEAD: Prepare quinoa the day before.
  • Whisk together olive oil and lemon juice. 
  • Mix cooked quinoa with lentils, vegetables, and parsley. Toss with olive oil and lemon juice; garnish with additional parsley if desired, and serve.
  • This salad makes for a great lunch, and will keep in the fridge for two days.

Lemony Lentil Quinoa Salad |

Want more like this? Try my Protein Power Bowl with Quinoa and Arugula, my Noontime Nirvana Noodle Salad, or my  Mexican Salad-in-a-Jar.