I’m always for looking for something light and different for lunch, yet filling. I’m not the type of person who eats three pieces of lettuce and calls that a meal, but since I sit at a desk all day, I’m not going to be pounding down Thai food every day (wow, now I have a craving for pad thai).
Anyways, this quick lunch dish was inspired by a meal I had while I was visiting Amsterdam. We had an awesome lunch at this little restaurant in city and I was immediately drawn to the lentil and quinoa salad. It was served over arugula – which is one of my favorite greens. It is so delicious that you can eat it as a salad or even top your pizza with it. Plus, I was getting a little tired of the same old spring lettuce mix – I needed a change :).
When it comes to salads, you’ll never hear me say they are boring. If your salad is boring, you’re not mixing it up enough. For example, always have some type of protein on top like grilled chicken, chicken salad, tuna, grilled vegetables, shrimp, turkey meat, hard build eggs, salmon, crab cakes – or add other toppings like strawberries, mangos, walnuts, almonds, cranberries, etc. and this dish, does just that.
Lentil, Quinoa & Feta Arugula Salad – makes 2-3 servings
1 Bag of quinoa – one serving (or one cup) according to the box instructions
1 Bag of brown or white lentils – one serving (or one cup) according to the box instructions
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 Bag of fresh arugula
1 Whole avocado
Small cherry tomatoes
Salt & pepper
Get water boiling in two separate pots for your quinoa and lentils. Once the water is boiling, drop in your quinoa to one pot and lentils in another.
Cook to instructions, simmer and once they are done combine lentils and quinoa into a glass bowl and let cool. Add one tablespoon pepper and one teaspoon salt. Then add your 1/2 cup feta cheese and combine all together.
Place a couple handfuls of arugula in a bowl. Add your L&Q mixture on top, followed by slice avocado and some cherry tomatoes.
Simple, yet so delicious. Feel free to top with your favorite dressing – I just added a little oil and vinegar. Enjoy.