Open pantry.  Hmm. I have rice.  I have lentils.  I haven’t made either in a long time.

That’s basically how this side dish was born.  I figured the two would go well together and a quick search online found a handful of recipes using the two.  I didn’t have all of the ingredients to follow one particular recipe all the way through so I created one of my own using what I had in my home.  If you try it, please let me know what you think.

Rice and Lentil Salad

Rice and Lentil Salad

1 cup uncooked long grain rice (I used a Texmati Brown and Red Rice blend)

1 cup lentils

1 carrot, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp red-wine vinegar

juice of half a lemon

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp smoked paprika

salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice according to package directions (In my case, I used 1 cup uncooked rice, 3 cups water, 1 tsp butter, 1/2 tsp salt.  Combine, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes until water is absorbed, stirring occasionally.)

Simmer lentils in about 3-4 cups of water for about 15-20 minutes until they are just tender.

Transfer both rice and lentils to a bowl.  Add the diced carrot and onions and stir to combine.  Let the dish sit to cool a little while you prepare the dressing.

Whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, paprika and salt and pepper in a small bowl.   Pour the dressing over the rice and lentils.  Stir to combine.  Serve at room temperature or refrigerate and serve cold.


  • Hey Cookie Mama I have a question for you. I’m moving to a new place and I’ll be living on my own for the first time ever. I used to just raid my parent’s house for dinner or just eat out. Being that I’ll be living too far away to swing by my parent’s place I’m going to have to cook for myself for the first time. Any easy recipes I could make? Maybe you could do a special post and include some “bachelor” recipes. Also wouldn’t mind one to impress the ladies if I do somehow talk one into coming over. It’s be a great help thanks.

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