Recently I went to my friend’s place for a BBQ where the boys were taking care of the meat and there would be one salad provided. I thought I should probably bring my own food to eat since a bit of salad for dinner just wouldn’t suffice for my hungry appetite! I had been planning to make a tabbouleh dish and this dish for dinner at home anyway so I thought they would be good to bring. That way I could make sure I had grains, protein and veggies all in one meal! I made double the quantity of both dishes so everyone else could help themselves, and it made quite a lot! This dish is lovely and summery, and is great for those who like things sweet (like moi!). Although it may sound odd to have raspberries and fruitiness in a salad, the ingredients really do compliment each other beautifully. The nuts add a nice crunch-factor and the basil goes well with the fruit. I also love the texture of the lentils in this salad, and its nice and light so you feel good eating it.
How pretty does it look? 🙂
- 1 cup green lentils
- Pinch fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries or fruit of your choice
- 1/8 cup fresh basil
- 1/8 cup fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp strawberry jam
Rinse lentils; drain and place in saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to boil, add salt, and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and rinse under cold water to cool.
Combine fruit, basil, parsley, and walnuts in miing bowl. Stir lentils into the fruit mixture.
Stir together the orange juice and jam in a small bowl. Pour over the lentil mixture and mix well. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
How pretty does it look?
I also entered this recipe on Lover Health Food’s Wholesome Whole Foods carnival.