Plant-based protein loaded, Lentil & Pasta Salad with Lemon Tahini is a balanced, budget-friendly salad. Topped with crunchy chickpeas.
Lentil & Pasta Salad with Lemon Tahini is a perfect summer, or all-year-round salad. It satisfies those carb cravings, as well as providing an abundance of nutrients. This balanced salad is substantial meal. Serve as a main course or as a side salad.
Why this Lentil & Pasta Salad with Lemon Tahini Recipe is Fabulous
- Loaded with heart healthy fats, plant-based protein, veggies, and fresh herbs, this is a nutritious meal.
- The lemon tahini dressing is versatile. Keep it in your culinary arsenal for other salad recipes.
- This recipe works without the pasta. Omit the pasta if preferred, and add the desired amount of dressing.
- Most types of beans will work in this recipe. Substitute the lentils for 1 ½ cups cooked beans.
How to Make This Recipe
French Green Lentils
Cook the lentils beforehand, or use packaged precooked lentils. In addition to green lentils, Black Beluga lentils also work in this recipe. Substitute the French green lentils for black Beluga lentils to change things up.
Cook the pasta according the the directions on the packet. Use about one fourth of a packet. Or you can omit the pasta all together, if desired. In this case, use less dressing or there will be too much liquid in the salad.
Mix the Salad with the Lemon Tahini Dressing
Make the lemon tahini dressing right before adding it to the salad. This way, the dressing ingredients will be well combined when added to the salad.
Add the dressing. Use a pair of tongs to gently incorporate the ingredients.
Lentils are second to soybeans in amount of plant-based protein when compared with other legumes. Lentils combined with whole grains, such as brown rice, make a complete protein of the same quality as found in meat. But lentils are a healthier choice for your heart and disease prevention.
Radishes are rich in antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, and potassium. These nutrients help lower blood pressure. Radishes are also low in calories and quite filling so you are less likely to overeat.
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