This is not your ordinary brown rice salad, folks, this has blueberries, toasted pecans, barley, green lentils, red quinoa, scallions, mint and more! This quinoa lentil salad is packed with goodness and deliciousness! The sweet and savory tastes go well together and it packs a whole lot of flavour into each bite. Enjoy!
A Quinoa Lentil Salad With Unique Combinations
In a roundabout way this salad was inspired by an appetizer I did last summer – Peppercorn Steak Crostini with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce. While creating this I discovered that I absolutely love the combination of balsamic vinegar, blueberries and a touch of pure maple syrup. I definitely needed to do something with them again. The balsamic vinegar and maple syrup penetrate the blueberries perfectly and meld together to create a sweet, fruity, tart taste that is truly memorable. You can see how dark the berries get and when I was sauteing them. It was all I could do not to gobble them up!
I think some goat cheese would be delightful in this as well. You could also use almonds instead of pecans, parsley instead of mint and how about some roasted corn in there? This is a recipe that gives you the bones and you can make it your own. It’s a great side dish for any BBQ feast. You don’t even have to tell people you saw it here first!
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Quinoa Lentil Salad With Blueberries and Toasted Pecans
A salad that celebrates the flavors of blueberries and balsamic vinegar and incorporates a variety of elements like pecans, scallions, lentils and quinoa to boost the taste explosion!
- 1 package brown rice with barley, green lentil and red quinoa blend (you can choose any blend that you prefer. Wild rice would be fantastic!)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp maple syrup
- 3/4 cup toasted pecans
- 1/4 cup scallions both chopped and thinly sliced lengthwise (purely for aesthetic purposes so skip this if you prefer)
- 4 tbsp fresh mint chopped
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners, A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.
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