I stopped by the bread basket for something to eat over my lunch hour and came across a brown rice and lentil salad (R95 a kilo). It was delicious, satisfying and healthy (note: I really like lentils). I do try my best to eat healthy, but sometimes healthy can be bland. While this salad was a simple mix of ingredients, the flavours merged so well and I could put my finger on every one of the tastes – the mint added an interesting twist and tantalised my taste-buds all the more.
The below is my take, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
- ½ cup brown rice boiled in salted water,
- ¾ cup lentils boiled in salted water
- ½ red pepper diced
- Half a bunch of roughly torn basil leaves
- A few sprigs of mint chopped fine (the mint makes this recipe)
- Olive oil
- Wine Vinegar
Mix all the salad ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the olive oil, wine vinegar and salt to taste. Drizzle over the salad. Note that the salad dressing should provide a subtle flavour to the salad and not be over vinegary or over-powering.
p.s. toss in some shredded raw baby spinach for a dose of iron.