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Broccoli Quinoa Lentil Salad {gluten free + dairy free}

This Broccoli Quinoa Lentil Salad has scores of different flavors.  The crunchy grated broccoli, the nutty lentil, the wholesome quinoa all topped off with the fresh citrus and cilantro flavors all come together to make an outstanding salad.  

This salad is not only delicious but oh so good for you loaded with protein and essential amino acids.

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RECIPE SHARED WITH FRIENDS

This Broccoli Quinoa Lentil Salad recipe was shared by my fabulous friend Nicole, who I might add is a wonderful cook.  

She raved about the recipe and was kind enough to share it with me, and now I am sharing it with you.

WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE THIS BROCCOLI QUINOA LENTIL SALAD

I have made it several times and mixed up using white quinoa once and red quinoa the other times.  

You can use green lentils or multi colored lentils.  It doesn’t matter what color of grains you pick, the taste will remain the same.  

Personally, I like using the darker colors because it gave the dish more color, and wasn’t so green.  My son Jacob has a fear of the color green on his plate.  So with the bit of color he made a face, but gave it a try and had a second serving.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF THIS BROCCOLI QUINOA LENTIL SALAD

This little salad is a powerhouse of goodness, the veggies stay raw and the quinoa and lentils add the whole grains a helping of protein.  This recipe is also gluten-free and if you choose not to add the feta, dairy free.  You can make it ahead of time and stick it in the refrigerator to get nice and cold.  I prefer it this way, so you can make it in advance.  I usually have the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Broccoli Quinoa Lentil Salad

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons Avocado oil olive oil works well too
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt use 1/2 if you are adding feta
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

Salad:

  • 2 cups of fresh broccoli grated
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup feta optional

Instructions

Dressing:

  • Add all ingredients to bowl and whisk to combine.

Salad:

  • Grate broccoli (I use my food processor) and add to large bowl.
  • Add pepper, red onion, chopped cilantro and nuts to broccoli
  • Cook quinoa and lentil according to bag directions. Add to bowl of broccoli.
  • Top with whisked dressing and toss to coat.
  • Serve right away or refrigerate before serving.
Course: Lunch, Side Dish

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18 comments on “Broccoli Quinoa Lentil Salad {gluten free + dairy free}”

  1. This is my first time to your blog but I just made this and it came out so wonderfully I had to leave a comment. Thank you! I’m vegan and this will be such a delicious lunch for me all week! Also upped the quinoa to one full cup and added some tahini dressing. 🙂

  2. Hi Amy.

    Do you think I could make a big batch and eat it for lunch all week? How long do you think this will stay good for?

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Call me crazy, but I think this would/could be awesome with leftover turkey chunks in it, for the day after Thanksgiving. #AmIRight?

    1. No calling you crazy. I have bought a rotissaire chicken, shredded it and tossed it into this salad for dinner. So turkey leftovers sounds like the perfect idea!

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