Quick and Healthy Lentil and Rice Salad

I’m not good at making up recipes from scratch, but I’m decent at taking existing recipes and making them faster and easier to prepare! So when I recently came across a recipe for a lentil and rice salad, I knew that with a little help from Trader Joe’s I could make it in under 10 minutes, and even add some extra texture to the original recipe. The real time savers here are the pre-cooked lentils and rice from Trader Joe’s. It came out quite tasty, and is perfect for a weekday dinner or for lunches (it’s one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day).

Here’s what you’ll need. (If you’re not a Trader Joe’s shopper, no worries – it’s still a pretty quick dish to put together.)

  • Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils (1/2 package)
  • Trader Joe’s Frozen Organic Brown Rice (1 bag)
  • Trader Joe’s Shredded Carrots (1 cup)
  • Trader Joe’s Slivered Almonds (1/2 cup)
  • Trader Joe’s Roasted Sunflower Seeds (1/4 cup)
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Grape Tomatoes (1 cup, cut in half)

You’ll also need, from TJ’s or another source:

  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Chopped onion (1/4 cup)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare:

Microwave rice according to package directions. While the rice is cooking, in a large bowl, mix lentils, carrots, almonds, sunflower seeds, tomatoes and onions. Set cooked rice aside to cool slightly. In a small bowl or jar mix oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Add rice to lentil mixture. Top with dressing and mix well. Enjoy!



Jennifer Strilko

Jennifer is the Director of Operations at DI/LDM, keeping the train moving for several operational teams and helping them meet their goals. Jennifer believes that everything happens for a reason and that we don’t meet anyone by accident. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and widening her tribe through this blog project. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys DIY projects (upcycling curbside finds is her favorite past time). Her Mom Hustle includes being a dance and baseball mom, maneuvering teen drama, and preparing her kids for college. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, three teenagers and two dogs.