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Apple, Lentil and Wild Rice Salad

Posted in Mains (Vegetarian), Salads, Sides by janet @ the taste space on January 13, 2011

If you ever want to try to make your own recipes, soups and salads are a great place to start. I don’t think you could muck it up too badly.

I was inspired by Chocolate & Zucchini’s Apple and Cumin Lentil Salad. I knew I wanted to keep the base flavours the same with the apple, lentils and cumin, but change things around as well.

To keep this a filling hearty meal, I added wild rice which had a nutty flavour that complemented the rest of the salad ingredients. The tofu was removed. I added in chopped carrot for crunch and kept the dressing ingredients fresh (Clotilde cooked hers a tad). The dressing was increased because of the larger volume of the salad, but it is not heavy at all. It was fresh, yet hearty at the same time. Sweet and savoury with the apple and cumin. Play around with this theme and see what you can create!

This is my submission to this month’s No Croutons Required featuring rice, to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays and to this week’s BSI with cumin.

Apple, Lentil and Wild Rice Salad

3/4 cup wild rice
1 cup green lentils, picked over and rinsed (I used du Puy which cook in 30 minutes – green/brown lentils usually take 45 minutes to cook so add in earlier)
2 shallots, finely minced
1 apple (I used Granny Smith), chopped (coat with a sprinkle of lemon juice if you don’t want it to brown like mine!)
1 carrot, chopped

2 tsp ground cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, to taste

1. Rinse the wild rice thoroughly. In a heavy saucepan, bring ~4 cups of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add in wild rice. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes. Now add your rinsed lentils and continue to simmer the wild rice and lentils for an additional 30 minutes.  Drain any excess liquid and set aside.

2. In a large salad bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients (cumin, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste).

3. Combine the wild rice, lentils, apple, carrot, shallot and toss gently with dressing.  Taste and adjust the seasoning. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours if possible. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Serves 6-8.

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  1. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours said, on January 13, 2011 at 8:01 AM


    I am stuck for any ideas for NCR this month. Yours is inspiring!

  2. Indie.tea said, on January 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    What a unique salad…very colorful and I’m sure, delicious.

  3. Priti said, on January 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Very unusual…looks interesting

  4. Lisa Turner said, on January 13, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    I so adore wild rice. What a delightful dish. Thanks so much for your entry this month.

  5. Priya said, on January 14, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Very filling and delicious salad..

  6. kamana said, on January 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    great idea! i’m going to try this soon.

  7. Barida said, on January 14, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    What an interesting salad! I ve never tried combining lentils and apples, but will do soon! x

  8. Joanne said, on January 14, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    I’ve been craving bean salads like it’s nobody’s business lately and this one has such a unique array of flavors! I love how you took an idea and ran with it. Awesome.

  9. DebinHawaii said, on January 16, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    I have been having lentil cravings lately and this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing it at Souper Sundays. ;-)

  10. Priya Sreeram said, on January 17, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    super- i go back with so many bookmarked recipes! love ur space !!

  11. biz319 said, on February 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Love the combination of flavors!! Great BSI entry!

  12. thebalancebroad said, on February 28, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    I would never have thought to combine all of these flavors….it looks delicious!

  13. BSI Winner! « The Balance Broad said, on February 28, 2011 at 12:38 AM

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  14. Ashley said, on March 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Love the sound of this salad! I don’t use wild rice often but recently bought some and was surprised at how expensive it was. And yes I still think people (like me) can mess up a salad haha. I end up adding too much instead of just picking a few ingredients to focus on.

  15. […] seem to have an affinity for lentils and carrots, and this soup did not disappoint even though it was a minor component. I don’t […]

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