Make a Bold Statement for Your Next Side Dish with Lentil and Brown Rice Salad

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Your days of boring, forgettable side dishes are done!

Make a bold statement with your next side dish, using our recipe for lentil and brown rice salad! We share it now: https://foodal.com/recipes/grains-and-legumes/lentil-brown-rice-salad/

While plain white rice, mashed potatoes, and steamed veggies are all perfectly acceptable sides, they can get a little… well… boring.

Fight back your jaded yawns, and get pumped up to make this exciting lentil and brown rice salad!

You can perk up any meal with its bold flavors from tamarind paste, fresh cilantro, and fresh lime juice.

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And the meaty lentils and chewy whole grain brown rice bring a fun texture to every bite.

Other than the delicious flavor, the nutritional value of both the legume and the grain is also something to note – you’ll be getting a nourishing intake of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Tired of the same old side dish? Make our lentil and brown rice salad, made with exciting and bold flavors! We share the recipe now: https://foodal.com/recipes/grains-and-legumes/lentil-brown-rice-salad/

It’s about time that your side dish game gets a makeover.

Go beyond the same old same old and make something new, healthy, and fun with our recipe below:

The Recipe

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Bored by your usual side dishes? Swap out your typical options with this fun and tasty tamarind-flavored lentil brown rice salad.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Recipe for Brown Rice and Lentil Salad | Foodal.com
The Best Lentil Brown Rice Salad
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
You: 5
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Bored by your usual side dishes? Swap out your typical options with this fun and tasty tamarind-flavored lentil brown rice salad.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils soaked overnight in water and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tamarind paste **
  • 3 teaspoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice approximately 1/2 a lime
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro for garnishing
  • Lime wedges for garnishing
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for garnishing
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Instructions
  1. In a large pot over high heat, combine the brown rice with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil before reducing heat to low. Simmer the rice, slightly covered, for approximately 40 minutes until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender with a slight chew.
  2. In a large skillet or pot, combine the soaked lentils and 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender, approximately 25 minutes.
  3. Combine the vegetable oil, tamarind paste, and 3 teaspoons of water in a small bowl. Thoroughly whisk together to make the dressing.
  4. Combine the cooked rice and lentils together in a separate serving bowl. Drizzle the dressing and lime juice over the grains and mix everything thoroughly together with a spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Felicia Lim. 

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
The Best Lentil Brown Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 495mg 21%
Potassium 99mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 3g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Get the Ingredients Ready

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Measure out the grains, overnight-soaked lentils, vegetable oil, tamarind paste, and lime juice.

Set out the limes, cilantro, and salt and pepper.

Step 2 – Cut and Chop

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Cut the limes into wedges and chop the fresh cilantro, using a sharp knife and sturdy cutting board. Set them aside.

Step 3 – Boil and Simmer

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Combine the brown rice with 2 cups of water in a large pot over high heat. Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, partially covered, for approximately 40 minutes until all the water has been absorbed and the grains are tender but still have a nice bite to them.

Alternately, cook them in a rice cooker, following the directions for your specific model.

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While the rice is cooking, combine the lentils with 2 cups of water in a large skillet or pot over high heat to bring it to a boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for the next 25 minutes until the legumes are soft.

Note: If you have vegetable stock on hand, you can use stock instead of water to give them more flavor.

Step 4 – Prepare the Dressing

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In a small bowl, mix the vegetable oil, tamarind paste, and 3 teaspoons of water together, whisking well to make the salad dressing.

Step 5 – Toss and Combine

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Combine the hot, cooked rice and lentils together in a large serving bowl. Pour in the dressing and lime juice, and mix well until everything is evenly distributed. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges, and serve.

This dish can be served warm, or at room temperature. Alternatively, you can chill the salad in the refrigerator once everything is combined, and serve it cold. The flavors will meld together the more you let it rest.

Plenty of options!

A Most Delicious Side Dish Makeover

Swap out your usual white rice or bland steamed vegetables with this fun lentil and brown rice salad to accompany future meals.

The amazing flavor boost from tamarind, cilantro, and lime will leave an unforgettable impression.

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Serve this dish during your next turkey dinner, or keep it vegan by enjoying this salad with tofu instead.

Leftover lover? This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled for more servings.

For other side dishes that aim to thrill, try our roasted rosemary carrots glazed with honey, or our sauteed Brussels sprouts with bacon, fennel, and dill.

We’ve shared some of our favorite fun sides – what are yours? How do you like to add some pizazz to a typical meal accompaniment? We’d love to know! Post your favorites in the comment section below.


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Bored by your usual side dishes? Swap out your typical options with this fun lentil and brown rice salad. You'll love the meaty lentils and perfectly chewy whole grain brown rice, as well as the bold flavors from fresh cilantro, lime juice, and a savory tamarind sauce. Give your side dish a delicious makeover, and make our recipe on Foodal!

Photos by Felicia Lim, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. With additional writing by Felicia Lim.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best grub, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Bored by your usual side dishes? Swap out your typical options with this fun lentil and brown rice salad. You'll love the meaty lentils and perfectly chewy whole grain brown rice, as well as the bold flavors from fresh cilantro, lime juice, and a savory tamarind sauce. Give your side dish a delicious makeover, and make our recipe on Foodal!

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