Thursday, January 7, 2010

Marinated Broccoli Lentil Salad

I was somewhat surprised to realize that this, one of the first recipes I ever created, hadn't yet made it onto the blog. Lentils and broccoli are two of the healthiest AND cheapest foods out there (see end of this post). Prepared this way, they taste delicious. This is a fast recipe which gets better as it sits. Make sure not to overcook the lentils or the broccoli. This salad needs a LOT of balsamic vinegar and black pepper to really work. The olive oil also adds flavor as well as making the salad more digestible.

Marinated Broccoli Lentil Salad

1 cup green or brown lentils, rinsed
1 c vegetable stock (or water)
2 c water
1-2 c small broccoli florets
1/4 c white onion or scallions, finely chopped
2 TB balsamic vinegar
olive oil
sea salt to taste
ample ground black pepper to taste
optional: chopped olives, garlic or garlic powder

1. Undercook lentils in stock and water, draining if necessary.
2. Lightly cook broccoli and onions by pouring boiling water over them, covering, and draining after 2 minutes.
3. Toss lentils and vegetables together. Add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. allow to stand until flavors have soaked in and salad is cool.

for reference:

  • 1 c stewed chicken breast has 211 calories, 41g protein, 0g fiber, and 7% daily iron
  • 1 c regular cooked lentils has 230 calories, 18g protein, 16g fiber, and 37% daily iron, and probably costs about $0.10
  • 1 c steamed broccoli has 54 calories, 4g protein, 6g fiber, and 6% daily iron, as well as ample vitamins A, C, K, and Bs
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easy recipe said...

I never tried something like that. It look amazing.

janet @ the taste space said...

This looks like a wonderful lentil salad with the balsamic dressing. Do you really only use 1 cup of broccoli for 1 cup of dried lentils? I figured you'd want more broccoli..

Julia said...

It's one of my favorite things to make. But I think you might be right--I never really measure the broccoli here, and I suppose the measurement also depends on how small your florets are.

Unknown said...

I just made this and loved it! Thank you for the yummy, healthy recipe!

Ella said...

This sooooo good!! I added some mushies to the broccoli and reduced balsamic on top as well. Thank you for this recipe, can see myself making it many times again :)