Warm Brown Rice & Lentil Salad with Lemon & Kale – Vegan & Gluten Free

by Sharon on November 19, 2014

Warm Brown Rice & Lentil Salad - V & GF

Even though the weather is getting colder, it doesn’t mean salads are off the table entirely. Try out a warm salad using grains and load it up with sautéed veggies. I like to add in lots of citrus flavours to bring the sunshine even in mid-November.

Speaking of cold. We’ve had our first snowfall of the season. Nothing major. A light dusting but it was enough to pull out the boots and gloves. Basically, these few flakes made it official. Good-bye Fall, hello bloody Winter. Blech.

If there is any upside to the sub zero temps, it would be the comfort food. Soups, stews, warm salads, and hot cups of cocoa. Another plus? The clothes that go along with comfort food. Stretchy pants and bulky sweaters for the win. 😉 Warm Brown Rice & Lentil Salad - V & GF

I had the pleasure earlier this week of meeting up with fellow healthy Burlington blogger Chelsea from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen. Getting together with other people who not only understand what goes into the running of a website is fun, but one who also curiously checks out other people’s grocery carts, is super fun. 😉 So nice to be understood.

We also chatted about how much we admire the blog Oh She Glows. This recipe is based on this classic from waaaay back in the day. It’s an absolute favourite of mine and it has been in our rotation for literally years. I’ve made it for friends who also love it. There are a few steps involved. I like to have my rice and lentils cooked up prior to save me precious time when dinner rolls around. Try this method for perfectly cooked brown rice!

Other than that, it’s choppity chopping up a bunch of veggies and whirling up some tangy, creamy dressing. It all comes together step by step. Sauté up those veggies.

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Add the grains and the dressing. A handful of freshly chopped parsley, stir and done!

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Welcome to Winter. May this comforting meal soften the blow.

Warm Brown Rice & Lentil Salad - Vegan  

Serves 2 large

Warm Brown Rice & Lentil Salad with Lemon & Kale – Vegan & Gluten Free
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  • ½ cup uncooked lentils
  • ½ cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pepper, chopped (I used ½ red, ½ green)
  • 5 large kale leaves, chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame seed butter)
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt & fresh pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp water


  1. Cook the lentils and brown rice. Do this step first, while you chop up your veggies and make the dressing or cook them the night before. Once they are cooked, set them aside
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the dressing in food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside
  3. Heat your olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat; add the peppers and onions and sauté for 6-8 minutes, until softened. Add the minced garlic and stir for another 2 minutes
  4. Add the chopped kale, the juice of half a lemon and sauté for another 2-3 minutes
  5. Now, add the cooked lentils and brown rice. Pour in the dressing and stir everything well and simmer on low for another few minutes
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the minced parsley

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen November 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm
Haha yes, every time I meet up with other healthy food bloggers I think "I've found my people!" ;) That is one of my favourite Oh She Glows recipes too - I love your twist on it!
Sharon November 19, 2014 at 11:21 pm
Yes! What a feeling of camaraderie. Good old Oh She Glows! She never disappoints. :)
Karen November 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm
Winter is Blech. I like your words! :) I'm loving this salad with lentils and kale, plus the pretty colours and pics make me want to lick my screen. Lol! I won't though, no worries
Sharon November 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm
Hey, it's your screen. Do what you like to it. ;) This salad has been in my rotation for-eva! So goooood. :)
Teresa November 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm
You wouldn't know it from my blog, but this is how we like to eat most of the time. This salad looks perfect for a healthy weeknight meal!
Sharon November 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm
Thanks Teresa! I absolutely love this any night of the week. ;)
Lauren November 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm
Yum, this looks delicious Sharon! That's so neat that you got to meet up with another blogger. There are a couple that live in Tucson, but I get so busy with family that I never seem to have time to do much! I hope you had a a great Thanksgiving girl! :)
Sharon November 30, 2014 at 11:52 am
Thanks Lauren! It is fun to meet up with other bloggers. Because we all work behind our screens instead of an office, it's nice to chat and bounce ideas, share frustrations, etc. I hope you had a wonderful holiday! :)
Bonnie December 24, 2014 at 12:52 am
This looks really good and I haven't seen it on Oh She Glows...but I am also a fan of her site with you. I will be putting this one on the recipe list for the week!
Sharon December 24, 2014 at 11:38 am
I love this one! Texture city. :) I hope you enjoy it!

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