Quick Brown Rice and Lentil Salad

May 18, 2015

Brown Rice Salad
Friends, let’s be honest: I haven’t exactly been knocking it out of the park in terms of cooking creative, healthy meals since having a baby. We’ve been eating relatively healthy, but it’s been mainly in the form of quick foods like smoothies, protein bars, pre-made salad kits for Joe’s lunches and simple grilled foods. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s hardly gotten my creative juices flowing in the kitchen. That said, even if I had the time to cook more right now, I would probably prefer to spend it cuddling little miss Ainsley instead.

This salad is our new favorite go-to for a quick, healthy dinner and also makes great lunch leftovers, too! It stores well in the fridge for a number of days and tastes amazing when served over a bed of mixed salad greens. Joe loves it just as much as I do, and that’s saying something for a guy who always wants some sort of meat with every meal. It’s made easy thanks to Trader Joe’s and their convenience items like microwavable brown rice, pre-shelled edamame (frozen), and pre-cooked brown lentils. Of course, you could always make these items the old fashioned way if you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s, but when you use the ready-to-go items for preparation this salad can be tossed together in a matter of minutes!

Quick Brown Rice and Lentil Salad
Recipe type: Salad, Entree
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4 to 6
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped almonds (I used roasted and salted)
  • ¼ cup roasted pepitas
  • Dressing
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Mix all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat evenly. Serve room temperature or refrigerate until chilled.


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  • Reply Ashleigh @StrawberrySophia May 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Ooh! Great easy recipe idea!! Gonna add to my summer dinner list 🙂

  • Reply Urban Wife May 19, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Quick and easy is key these days! This sounds delicious. Adding it to our menu for next week.

  • Reply keurig coffee July 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I love it! Absolutely beautiful. You did a great job!

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