nutritional information

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 361
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Total Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 23 mg
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Warm Lentil and Rice Salad over Wilted Mesclun

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

This meal-size warm salad comes together quickly after a long day of shopping and won’t leave you too stuffed to tackle an after-dinner gift-wrapping session. The lentil-rice combo is kid-friendly—just skip the salad part and serve in bowls with carrot sticks and grape tomatoes.
Lentils and Rice
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 cup green French lentils
  • ½ cup white basmati rice
  • ¾ lb. mesclun salad mix (8 cups)
Balsamic Dressing
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  1. 1. To make Lentils and Rice: Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Stir in cumin, and cook 1 minute more, or until fragrant. Stir in lentils, rice, and 2 1/2 cups water. Season with salt and pepper, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 25 minutes, or until lentils and rice are tender. Season with salt and pepper once more.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, to make Balsamic Dressing: Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and mustard in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. To serve: Divide mesclun salad mix among 4 plates. Top with Lentils and Rice, and drizzle with Balsamic Dressing.
November/December 2007 p.36

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I always double this recipe when I make it! Its great taste is a pleasant surprise with the simple, pantry-staple ingredients and quick prep.

Anonymous - 2010-01-10 16:09:06

Hi the recipe looks great but how many lentils should I add for the above recipe. And should I use dried lentils or canned?

Anonymous - 2009-06-23 22:29:55

I made this dish, and it tasted great, but the lentils weren't cooked fully. Has anyone had to use more water to cook the lentils?

Katie - 2010-01-26 20:29:31