Lentil Quinoa Health Salad

by Joanne on July 7, 2010

Work it! 


Running quote of the day:   By Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World Editor at Large

Slow-but-sure has always worked for me, in running and in most other arenas.  I wouldn’t mind being a Carl Lewis or Usain Bolt, but I’ve found little payoff in attempting to be what I’m not.”

Today’s tempo training. I enjoy tempo runs.  It’s a pace that pushes but doesn’t exhaust. 

  • 2 mile warm up on the mill.
  • 4 x 1 mile at tempo (7.59 pace)
  • cool down 10 minutes and then a workout with weights doing chest and arms.
  • Shane and I ran for 2.42 miles. He just can’t stand this heat so I didn’t take him far today.
  • Total running miles: 10.02

A Ruined Breakfast….

I picked up some sampler packs of drink mixes.  A couple of them had hemp seed in them.  Now I am convinced I never, EVER want to taste anything with hemp seed in it again…anything that I don’t make myself that is.  It all tastes fishy to me. 

This is the packet I tried the other day and there was no way I could finish the drink.  In fact, all morning, I tasted that horrible taste.  It was in my coffee and in my snack of yogurt and nuts. BLAH!  I should have scraped my tongue.


 Has anyone tried this mix?  Did you like it and if so, what did you mix it with?

Lentil Quinoa Health Salad *Note:  If you are interested in more information and another great recipe for Quinoa, see my link on EXAMINER (click the link for Ingredient of the Month)

This salad pleases everyone.  There is so much texture and flavor, it can’t go wrong.

Serves 6


  • 2 1/2 cups dried lentils
  • 10 cups Vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (3 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 green onion, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 6 mixed salad greens
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella (marinated mozzarella adds a delicious touch to this salad
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  • 1 TBS basil pesto (either buy it or make your own)
  • 3 TBS Dijon mustard
  • 1 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Lentils do not require pre soaking but you should look them over for stones or bad ones.  Simply bring the lentils and broth to a boil, cover with the lid slightly open, reduce to low for 35 – 40 minutes, until tender.  Drain.

Add quinoa to boiling water, cover  and let simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Mix onion, celery, garlic, red pepper, tomatoes in a bowl.  Add the warm lentils and slightly warm quinoa.  Mix. 

Stir together the pesto, mustard, balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper and pour over the vegetable lentil-quinoa mix and stir. 

Add 1 cup of mixed greens to each plate


and top with warm lentil-quinoa vegetable mix.  Top with mozzarella cheese.


The salad looks so much prettier when you add just quinoa to the vegetables but it TASTES so much better when the lentils are added.


The salad is filling and offers complete nutrition in a easy, oh so healthy one dish meal.


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    • At 2010.07.07 18:12, Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog said:

      Haha with the first photo!! Great training and also magnificent healthy salad, quinoa can boost your mood 🙂



      • At 2010.07.07 19:34, Joanne said:

        Thanks Gera! Also, thanks for turning me on to DropBox. Great app!

        • At 2010.07.07 20:05, Lindsay said:

          What a great quote. It’s a great reminder to do your best while being you. I needed that.

          • At 2010.07.08 08:06, Joanne said:

            It hit home with me as well.

            • At 2010.07.07 20:45, Peggy said:

              I’ve never eaten quinoa but I have heard it is tasty!

              • At 2010.07.08 08:10, Joanne said:

                It’s not Ted’s favorite but coupled with the lentils in this dish, it was super. Best way I’ve cooked it yet.

                • At 2010.07.07 22:27, Bela said:

                  Love your quinoa salad, looks delicious and I love quinoa.
                  Funny I have seen that mix a few times and thought I should buy it to try it but each time decided not too………..thanks for the review…..now I won”t be buying it. A fishy taste all day does not make for a good day 😉

                  • At 2010.07.08 08:13, Joanne said:

                    I was surprised I didn’t like it. Vega has some great items. I’m thinking it was the hemp protein but it could have been the pea protein. Not sure but I won’t be trying it again.

                    • At 2010.07.08 01:11, Monet said:

                      Wonderful post! Lentils and quinoa are two great power foods…I love the combination of both in your salad (talk about nutrition!) And fresh mozzarella makes such a difference in the salads we make…I’m sure it was excellent with your mix

                      • At 2010.07.08 08:18, Joanne said:

                        Thanks Monet. I like cheese on just about everything.

                        • At 2010.07.08 02:28, Lindsay said:

                          That looks so yummy, thanks for sharing I am going to have to try it out.

                          • At 2010.07.08 08:19, Joanne said:

                            Thanks. Let me know what you think and changes you made.

                            • At 2010.07.08 09:41, Dawn Hutchins said:

                              That looks amazing. I love it!

                              • At 2010.07.08 11:19, eatingRD said:

                                I haven’t tried that mix before, but I have tried their protein powder which doesn’t taste good alone at all. I have to mix it with quite a bit of frozen fruit or I believe pineapple juice will help mask the taste. I’ve been using their Shake-n-go mixes and they taste much better to me. mmm I love anything with quinoa and lentils, looks great!

                                • At 2010.07.08 16:25, Baked Banana Pie | Apple Crumbles said:

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