Recipe: Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad

  • Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad
  • Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad
  • Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad
  • Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad
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Recipe Description

Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad
It’s not that I don’t adore my hummus & tomato sandwiches for lunch. But after having them for two weeks straight, I was starting to get a bit bored. I had just scored some Black Beluga Lentils at Trader Joe’s, and I figured they’d go nicely with a few other ingredients that I had at work for random lunches.
Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad
Besides being a ridiculously healthy and tasty lunch, this is totally dirt cheap to eat. A Trader Joe’s meal from beginning to end, here’s the breakdown on the ingredients: the lentils cost $1.99; the pre-cooked brown rice, also $1.99; low-fat feta cost about $2.29; the 6-pack of tomatoes & bunch of green onions, $1.99 and $1.19, respectively. Even if I’d used all these ingredients in their entirety, this is still a great deal for a healthy meal. However, when you’re trying to make lunch for one, you don’t need all that food – it’s just too much! Instead, I split the packages of rice & lentils and had plenty for three days worth of lunch. Of course, this probably means I’m going back to hummus & tomato sandwiches by Thursday, since my palate does get bored w/the same thing very easily, but I’m still loving the simple guilt-free flavors of this dish. You could probably jazz it up a bit by making an actual dressing for this, but I found that the fresh tomato, green onions, and lemon juice blended together nicely with the rice & lentils. The feta just adds that extra zip to the dish, and of course, you can’t go wrong with plenty of fresh ground pepper.
Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad
I’ll stop babbling now and give you the easiest recipe ever. 🙂

Details Recipe Information

  • Prepare: 10 Mins
  • Cook: 30 Mins
  • Difficult: Easy
  • Serving: 3-4 people
  • Cost per serving: $
  • Nutrition: for each serving
  • Calories: 302.8
  • Fat: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 14.3mg
  • Sodium: 419.1mg
  • Potassium: 463.7mg
  • Carbohydrates: 33.7g
  • Protein: 11.1g

Ingredients

  • 1 bowl Trader Joe’s pre-cooked brown jasmine rice
  • 1 package Trader Joe’s black beluga lentils (any black lentil will do)
  • 2 small Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 oz low-fat feta cheese
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Lots of fresh ground pepper

Method

Cook the rice & lentils in the microwave per package instructions. Add the rice, lentils, onions, and tomatoes in a bowl and toss together. Add the lemon juice and stir until well coated. Crumble the feta cheese on top (you can either toss it into your salad or leave it on top for garnish). Finish with plenty of fresh ground pepper. Enjoy!

(PS – You don’t have to use Trader Joe’s rice & lentils, it just makes it that much easier to make a quick lunch at work.)

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