Wild Rice and Lentil Salad

I’ve already told you how I like to make myself a healthy “salad” on Sunday that will last me all week. Keeps me from panicking when I’m hungry AND in a hurry since there is something nutritious waiting for me.


I’ve also already told you about my newest obsession: Pinterest. I think the entire US is on Pinterest by now, but if you are new to this site, look at it as an online vision board or scrapbook. Instead of clipping out the article, photo, or recipe (who clips anymore, anyway? It’s all online!) and tucking it in a file or on your bulletin board, you “Pin it” with a click of your mouse to your online “boards.”


I have boards for photos, recipes, books, inspirational quotes, brilliant ideas…


Once you pin your photo, you can click on it and it will bring you back to the original article or recipe. It is so easy to keep track of those great ideas you come across! I used to email myself good looking recipes and keep them in an email folder, but this is much easier…


Which brings me to my Wild Rice and Lentil Salad…because it has been on my Pinterest board to try and I finally did!


It ROCKS! It is hearty and chewy and crunchy and yummy. I altered the original recipe, and mine is much better :)



Wild Rice and Lentil Salad

Recipe type: Entree
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  • ½ cup dry wild rice
  • ½ cup Edamame
  • ½ cup lentils
  • ½ cup loosely packed chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup broken walnuts (or any nuts, really!)
  • Dressing:
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (about ½ lime)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of another type of oil (I used walnut)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt

  1. Cook the wild rice in 1¼ cup of water for time on package (about 50 minutes). Drain and cool.
  2. Boil the lentil for about 20 minutes (you don’t want them too soft and mushy). Drain and cool.
  3. Cook/thaw edamame.
  4. Whisk dressing ingredients.
  5. Put rice, lentils, edamame, nuts and cilantro in bowl and toss with dressing. Add additional salt or pepper to taste! Eat chilled!



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7 Responses to “Wild Rice and Lentil Salad”
  1. That looks awesome, delicious and ridiculously healthy! I’m trying to stay away from pinterest since I don’t want to become totally addicted. It is a really amazing site though!

    • Dalai Lina says:

      I have gotten most of my obsessiveness over with and now I am calmly using it as a helpful tool. I SO, SO get what you mean. All of social media has been like that for me – it sucks my time and then I figure it out enough to let it settle in. Maybe someday for you, you can try it :)

  2. Lisa says:

    Made this last night- very yummy! I used seasoned sesame oil so it had a nice kick. Think it will go well with Asian chicken thighs I make.

  3. Jen says:

    Any ideas for a soy substitute .

    • linadickinson says:

      What about butter or fava beans? Oh, I know – sugar snap peas. Just cut them in 1/2 or 1/3′s. I use them in another salad similar to this one and the sweet and crunchiness is awesome!

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