FoodTrients Review + Warm Lentil Salad

by Holly on May 10, 2012

in dinner,gluten-free,inspiration,lunch,recipes,reviews,vegetarian

Sometimes I sit down at my computer to write…and nothing.

My brain is mush. My thoughts are devoid of the ability to form coherent sentences. My humor has given way to yawns and cups of tea in preparation for bedtime. And I am totally torn between blogging and the irresistible pull of watching episodes of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. When the latter wins, I’m also angry because I STILL DON”T KNOW WHO THE MOTHER IS.

Seriously Ted Mosby, get yoself together boy!

However, when I am under a deadline and simply have to write, I turn to games.

Yes, my name is Holly, I am 27 years old and I invent fake games to play with myself (ahem, not that kind of play with myself). For instance, I was trying to brainstorm ideas and recipes for blog posts last week. I was so proud of myself that I would be ahead of the blogging game and have all these ideas for posts and they would be like the awesomest ever…and nothing.

I could come up with not one idea for a blog post.

So I ate a salad. A head of kale doused in this dressing to be exact. Then inspiration struck!

I WILL EAT A SALAD EVERYDAY IN MAY AND BLOG ABOUT IT!

I can hashtag it on Twitter! (#saladadaymay #blogworthy)

I can Facebook my salad lunches and boast about my extraordinary veggie intake!

I can post 31 days of fabulous salad recipes on the blog!

It will be like the funnest game ever – can I do this? Will my Everythingtarian body survive eating so many vegetables? Can I come up with 31 different recipes for salads? Will I get sick of eating massive amounts of greens & veggies and cheat by rationalizing that chicken salad, fruit salad and cheese salad (heaping chunks of cheese in a bowl = a salad, obvs) count?

Two days later, I forgot all about this challenge.

I received FoodTrients by Grace O.** to review for the blog and started browsing through her index of sustainable, age-defying recipes – each one categorized by the nutrients found in the recipe. First, I just had to make the Spinach and Grapefruit Salad (minus the grapefruit, plus orange segments) because of the Tangy Ginger Dressing. Delish. Then, I made the Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry, which literally ended up being a pile of vegetables. Salad, if you will.

Nearly seven days into May, I realized that I, in fact, had been eating a salad a day!

And here I am writing about my success thus far.

That’s only if Warm Lentil Salad counts as salad…I am going to go with yes.

Warm Lentil Salad
adapted from FoodTrients by Grace O.
Prep time: 15 minutes 

1 T olive oil
2 cups cooked lentils*
1 cup shredded cabbage
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup mint, julienned

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 shallot, minced
1 T nutritional yeast
1 t minced garlic
1 t dijon mustard
salt + pepper

*I used Trader Joe’s precooked lentils or simply buy dried lentils and cook according to package instructions

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, saute olive oil and lentils for 3 to 5 minutes until warm.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss cabbage, bell peppers, celery, cucumber, feta and mint. Set aside. Pour olive oil, vinegar, shallot, nutritional yeast, garlic, dijon mustard and salt + pepper into a jar. Shake until well-mixed. Add warmed lentils to the bowl and toss with vinaigrette. Top with extra feta and mint, for garnish.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

**And yes, I would recommend this cookbook! Fresh ingredients, easy recipes & the most delicious Chia Peach Tea Frescas that look absolutely divine to sip on a hot summer day.

{ 12 comments }

Sarah May 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

Ooooh! I need some salads in my life after a weekend in Louisiana, and I love me some lentils. That looks amazing and fresh and delish.

Also, I totally say I’m going to do something and then a few days later completely forget or fall off the wagon. Tis life!

Hannah May 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

I’m so excited for #saladadaymay!! Salad inspiration is the best. I can’t wait to make that warm lentil salad, either. SO colorful and lovely!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

I love all the colors! for some reason I don’t ever cook with mint, but I really like the dimension it adds to dishes. Must go buy (yes, buy… apparently it grows like a weed and is impossible to kill yet I have managed to kill 2 plants).

emily (a nutritionist eats) May 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

I’m all about salads these days too! This one sounds awesome and is of course, beautiful!

Megan (Braise the Roof) May 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Yup, that totally counts as a salad! Then again, I too consider “cheese in a bowl” to be a salad, so hey. Looks like an awesome cookbook!

Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food May 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Woohoo for the salad a day! And I totally get crazy ideas on my head all the time that turn into nothing. Best of intentions right?

Hillary May 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Salads really are the best, easiest, most refreshing thing to eat right now. I kind of want in on this challenge. Does it count even though we’re nearly halfway through May? Yes? Then count me IN!

Maren May 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

gosh he is a chatty cathy!!!! haha

Uncle Tommy Timbertoes May 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

If you really are going to eat that much ruffage I would suggest a nice Madtown map plotting all the available and clean “emergency” procelain chairs in yer operating vicinities and carried with you at all times. Cuz if yer like me (and we are genetically related) with that diet when ya gotta go ya gotta go.

brandi May 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

okay, this is the perfect challenge and just what i need! our garden is about to explode with lettuce…so I need to get eating and get creative. fast.

and all i have to say re: HIMYM is no can do’s-ville, baby doll. we love that show :)

love ya – happy friday!!!

Tamar May 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

Totally counts as a salad! This looks perfect for me; I love salads, but always need something warm for it to feel like a meal, ya know?

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours May 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I say the Warm Lentil Salad definitely counts! Good luck continuing the salad a day challenge!

Thanks for being a part of the FoodTrients tour.

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