Lentil quinoa salad with nutritional yeast dressing. A quick and easy vegan salad that’s packed with flavor. This nutritious salad is made with quinoa, lentils, leafy greens, carrots, cucumbers and a delicious nutritional yeast dressing. Feel free to add different vegetables using what you have on hand!

Lentil Quinoa Salad with Nutritional Yeast Dressing [Vegan]

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Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, dry
  • 1 can (540ml/19oz) lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 4 handfuls leafy greens of choice, spinach, arugula, mixed greens
  • 1/2 medium English cucumber, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
  • Roasted sunflower seeds, for topping (optional)
  • Nutritional yeast, for topping (optional)

Nutritional Yeast Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
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Preparation

  1. Start by cooking the quinoa: Add 1 cup of dry quinoa and 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 15 minutes, covered until the water has been absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the nutritional yeast dressing: In a blender or small food processor, add all the dressing ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  3. Drain and rinse the canned lentils. Add the lentils to the saucepan with the cooked quinoa. Top with the dressing and stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the vegetables. Divide the leafy greens into 4 bowls.
  5. Divide the lentil quinoa mixture into the 4 prepared bowls. Top with cucumbers, carrots, sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast if desired. Enjoy!
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