Monday, 16 May 2016

Green Lentil Salad ~National Vegetarian Week 2016


This week is the start of National Vegetarian week which runs from 16-22 May. Its the perfect time to discover some delicious vegetarian dishes and make the change by going meat free for one week . Being vegetarian is not boring in fact there are so many different recipes in a variety of cuisines, made from amazing ingredients that you could actually prepare and enjoy a new vegetarian recipe everyday of the week for a year without having to eat the same dish twice.

If you are up for the challenge, on this blog you will find lots of my favorite recipes in a variety of cuisines. Do check out the recipe index for recipe ideas.To kick start vegetarian week I made this simple Green Lentil salad for my lunch. It's protein packed and really delicious.





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Green Lentil Salad
A lovely protein packed salad that is colourful and refreshing.
Ingredients:
  • 120 g Precooked Green Lentils
  • 1 Small Carrot peeled and julienned
  • 1/4 of each colour Red, Green, Yellow pepper finely diced
  • 4 basil leaves torn
  • 4 Spring onions finely chopped white and green parts
  • 4 of each colour Red, Yellow and Orange baby tomatoes quartered
  • 6 leaves Baby Gem lettuce washed and dried.
  • 1 Red chilli finely sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Honey
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
Method:
1. Put the lentils, carrots, tomatoes, spring onions, basil leaves, peppers and red chilli in a bowl and toss together.2. In a jar with a lid add the lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper and olive oil. Put the lid on the jar and shake the jar to mix all the dressing ingredients.3. Add the dressing to the ingredients in the bowl and toss together.4.On a plate arrange the gem lettuce leaves around it. Spoon the lentil salad on top.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: None Total time: Yield: Serves 2

51 comments:

  1. That looks so fantastic and colourful, I love a good salad!

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  2. Seriously this is my kind of meal, I adore lentils, if only I didn't have 5 boys and a husband who would just say "and where is dinner" for now meals like this are what i order as a treat when we are eating out.

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  3. I'm not a veggie but I do love my salads :) This one looks so yummy x

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  4. Loving all the colours and I bet it smells amazing

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  5. I do love lentil salad and funnily enough bought some today for this purpose. Your salad looks delicious and perfect for Vegetarian Week:-)

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  6. Am always looking for ways to make salad interesting and this looks fab! :-)

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  7. I really do love green lentils in a salad. So tasty and filling.

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  8. One of my favourite weeks! Recipe looks great

    Tara | www.cattitudeandco.uk

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  9. Oh Yum. I am having dahl for dinner tonight. We often go meat free here as I was a vegetarian for 14 years

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  10. I do love a salad, and this lentil salad looks very tasty, and perfect for summer.

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  11. I love a little heat in my salad and this sounds wonderful. So colourful too x

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  12. There's some lovely colour on this plate and it sounds very filling.

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  13. Oh I love lentils so will have to try this out some time x

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  14. Vegetarian food never really appealed to me but that looks delicious

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  15. I love vegetarian food even though I'm strict carnivore. I have never had a green lentil salad though - cannot wait to try this one out.

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  16. I did not know it was national vegetarian week, such a great recipe for the week x

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  17. I really struggle to come up with ways to use lentils in cooking and therefore often don't bother buying them. Even though they're so healthy and cheap and filling! This is a great idea- I have a reason to buy some! Thank you. x

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  18. This looks delicious! I'm not a vegetarian but I rarely eat meat so I'm always on the look out for tasty, protein-packed meals.

    - Elodie x

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  19. Oh this looks absolutely divine, all that colour x

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  20. That looks colourful and delicious Nayna. National Vegetarian Week is great, really enjoying the buzz and all the new recipes.

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  21. I haven't had a salad for so long but this salad really does look delicious

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  22. I love spring salads! Not only because they are helpful, but also because it is very tasty!

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  23. these look great- i am not a massive lentil fan but they're great to bulk out salads!

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  24. I love lentils and I love salad so combining the two together would make a delectable recipe to eat.

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  25. This looks so tasty, I keep meaning to eat more meat free meals and salads are perfect for the nice weather we've had lately.

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  26. Looks like a very nice salad! Perfect for Spring :)

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  27. I didn't know it's was vegetarian week but regardless I would munch down that salad. Thanks for the recipe

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  28. This sounds like such a rich salad. I'd love it! It seems super easy to make.

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  29. I havent' tried much of lentil's except once or twice, but this surely is making me want to try them again. It looks absolutely delicious and fresh.

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  30. Looks lovely! Personally I don't like lentils but I'm sure the recipe could be adapted for rice or pasta

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  31. We eat more veggie meals than meat meals here - not because we're vegetarians but I do find the meals nicer. This looks lovely x

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  32. Damn I had no idea it was national vegetarian week otherwise I would've gone meat free! I like lentil dishes because they really fill you up so I'll bear this recipe in mind :)

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  33. i always say im going to buy lentils but never do they look so good

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  34. I love salads and I haven't tried this one so I will give it a try - looks delicious!

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  35. I'm obsessed with lentils! This sounds so tasty - really fresh and colourful :)

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  36. I looked really delicious! Perfect for spring and summer although I'm not so keen on lentils, but I'd be willing to give it a try!

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  37. I love salads and lentils work really well in them, yummy!

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  38. I had no idea it was vegetarian week! I love my veggie stir fries :)

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  39. This looks absolutely delicious! I am vegetarian and this looks like it would make the perfect summer lunch.

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  40. I love lentils, this would make a perfect summer dish and great for a packed lunch too. GG

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  41. This looks and sounds delicious! I'm really enjoying salads at the minute

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  42. I started following your posts as each has interesting recipe to try. :)

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  43. I love lentils in salads too Nayna. So filling and tasty. Great dish!

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  44. This looks such a colourful and vibrant salad Nayna - love lentils!

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  45. Ooh this looks very tasty indeed! We're not vegetarian here but I do enjoy vegetarian food and delicious salads like this, yum!

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  46. This looks so healthy and delicious. I love green lentils and salad sounds perfect for summer parties :)

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  47. Lentils are just the best! They are so versatile. This salad looks so fresh and perfect for summer!

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  48. Oohhh this looks so good. Healthy AND delicious!!!

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  49. This looks like a delicious and vibrant salad. I love lentils. They add so much nutty texture. Sounds yummy

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  50. Lentils are one of my favorites! This sounds like an awesome salad!

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