I’m so in love with this Mediterranean lentil salad, and I know you will be too. It has so many of my favorite flavors. It’s briny, salt, crunchy, creamy, and so satisfying. As a vegetarian, I’m always looking for ways to add more complete protein into my diet, so this combination of lentils with quinoa makes me (and my body) so happy.
Food is such a funny thing. The older I’ve gotten, the wiser I’ve become with my body and what feels good. I grew up in the midwest eating basically meat and potatoes (I mean, I’m exaggerating, but you get the picture). I don’t think I really started to eat fruits and vegetables until my 20s and it was kind of a shock to my system.
Then sometime around 2014, I became a vegetarian. I never really liked meat, the way it tasted, the idea of it, the way it made me feel. I just thought that’s what I was “supposed” to eat. As time went on I learned more and more about nutrition. Eating whole clean foods and fueling my body in a way that made me feel good, inside and out.
For me, it became less about what I was taking OUT of my diet and more about what I was adding IN. The more veggies, whole grains, fruits, healthy fats, seeds, and nuts I could get….the less room there was for everything else. My plates became more colorful, flavorful, and in my opinion….healthier.
Recipes like this Mediterranean lentil salad are how I truly ENJOY eating. These types of dishes give me all the nutrients I need for the rest of the day, but don’t leave me in a fog.
But let’s be honest, it has to taste good too! And I promise you, this Mediterranean lentil salad is everything you’re craving this spring and more.
Here’s what I love about the salad, what I used, and some ways to change it up…
So let’s jump into the recipe now for this Mediterranean lentil salad