High Protein Lentil Salad

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 9, 2010

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my Canadian readers. :)

The warm beautiful weather continues!


Yesterday was a madhouse up in here.

I was busy with work when I found out that I advanced to Round #4 of Project Food Blog. Thank you so much for your votes!!! I realized that yesterday was my only chance to bake up my recipe submission because we are going away for Thanksgiving this weekend. The submission is due Sunday! Cue major panic. ;)

Let me just say that I didn’t get to bed until after midnight and my kitchen now weeps!

Last night, I needed a quick dinner and I also made enough of dinner so there would be leftovers to bring to my in-laws this weekend. Whenever I go away I always try my best to bring one vegan dish along.

I started by cooking a bunch of lentils on the stovetop and then I grabbed these CSA veggies from the fridge:



Have you ever seen a cuter green pepper?

I wanted to pickle it so I could stare at it forever, but ultimately I ended up chopping it up. ;)


I also threw in some chopped celery when I noticed that we had some to use up.

Dressings don’t get any easier…


After draining and rinsing lentils, add into bowl with veggies…


Now make your dressing!

Black Pepper                                                                     Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Spicy Herbamare:

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and oil + minced garlic. I used Sunflower oil and 1 clove of minced garlic.

Switch into a bigger bowl when you start spilling things everywhere… ;)





and adjust seasonings as needed.

Delicious, nutritious, and ready in a snap. :)


The perfect high-protein take-along side dish to supplement lunch or dinner.

Check out, what I picked up this week…


I decided I wasn’t going to ever have coffee if I had to drag out and clean our huge coffee maker each day (the last thing my kitchen needs is another appliance in use!), so after reading all your rave reviews, I took the plunge and got a French Press.

I also think I want to grind my own coffee beans fresh. Does anyone recommend a good coffee grinder?

I’m off to squeeze in a workout, shower, pack, and then we are off to the in-laws! Have a great day.

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 9, 2010 at 7:44 am

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family! And I can’t wait to see your official entry. :)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

That salad looks great! I was thinking about trying Puy lentils next week as one of my new things on Tuesday… do you use regular green lentils for this? Hopefully this weekend is a little less crazy for you. Congrats on round 4 of PFB2010!! I can’t wait to see what your next entry is. Have a great time with the inlaws! :)


Camille October 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

This looks delicious! Have a great Thanksgiving!


Savannah P October 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

Yumm! Easy to follow and definitely easy to eat – thanks for the recipe.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and congratulations on making it to round 4!!! It’s been a pleasure following you so far :D


christina cadden October 9, 2010 at 8:00 am

My husband is a coffee freak just like me. He had to buy a french press for work because they do not serve coffee at his work. He loves it. We also have a coffee grinder at home or whole beans and I love it! It is easy to clean and use!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 9, 2010 at 8:00 am

I really love lentils. That salad sounds delish! Have a fun day Ange!


GFree_Miel October 9, 2010 at 8:04 am

That salad looks yummy! Congrats on moving to Round 4!


claire October 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

I love my french press but we use a cheap grinder! I still think it is better to grind fresh though daily! The salad looks wonderful, have a lovely weekend!


lisasfoods October 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

We just went through a big batch of lentils too. I made them plain as well, and the first round they got used in a pasta sauce, and in round two they got used in a lentil soup. They are such a great protein source.


Marissa October 9, 2010 at 8:19 am

Hi Angela, please update us on your french press coffee. My husband got me a french press last Christmas, and we have never been able to perfect the recipe. I’ve used Kath’s recipe for a while, but mine still does not come out right. Any ideas you could post would be great!


Cara Craves... October 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you to!
Have a great weekend with your family.


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 9, 2010 at 8:23 am

That looks delicious Angela! And so easy to make too.

For griding coffee, I use my Magic Bullet. I have no other recommendation!

Happy Thanksgiving :)


Jazz October 9, 2010 at 8:24 am

Have a good weekend – we have a plain old brAun grinder, I think from the bay or sears, the cheapest one there, I’ve had it for years! hope that helps..


Laura October 9, 2010 at 8:28 am

Yay for round 4! Can’t wait to see the submission!

So, for french press coffee, it’s sort of hard to grind the beans to the right level. I do it in a regular grinder, it’s a Krups, my favorite, very simple to use. But if it’s for French Press you should just pulse, don’t hold the button down steadily, till the beans are ground but coarsely, smaller than chunks and slightly bigger than powder. Yum! My very favorite coffee.

And if you heat your “milk” you’ll get a cafe au lait effect and you can sit around and remember your time in Paris!


Dorry October 9, 2010 at 8:30 am

I have a little Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinder that works really well! Congrats on advancing in Project Food Blog and can’t wait to see your recipe for entry #4!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 9, 2010 at 8:31 am

Enjoy your French Press! FYI- In my opinion, it tends to make stronger coffee than a coffee maker. That can be a plus or a minus. :-)


Estela @ Weekly Bite October 9, 2010 at 8:34 am

What a lovely looking salad!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!


[email protected] October 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

Mm I love lentils! Great salad.
Also, fresh ground coffee beans and a french press is definitely the way to go! Welcome back to the coffee world :-)


Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your lentil salad looks wonderful. As far as grinders, i have one that is inside of my coffee machine, but it is a Burr grinder, and that is what you want.


Laura [Real Meal Steal] October 9, 2010 at 8:54 am

My husband and I just bought a new French Press too and we are loving it! Hope yours comes in handy for you.

Thanks for the lentil salad recipe… I have some lentils to use up in my pantry and think I’ll try this out!


Lisa October 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

Mmm! love lentils!


Leslie October 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

Looks so yummy!

For coffee bean grinder, I use my dry container that I got with my Vita-Mix, works great but probably not to great if you are just going to grind enough for one day…..I usually do more and then put the ground beans in a container in the freezer!


Shannon October 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

Congratulations on your advancement.

This is my coffee grinder that I use every morning. Love it!



Jess October 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

Congrats for advancing!


Balanced Healthy Life October 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

Happy Thanksgivings and congrats on making it to round 4! The salad looks delish as do all your recipes! Do you ever make anything that dosn’t taste and look good?


Wei-Wei October 9, 2010 at 9:35 am

Congratulations on getting to round 4! And happy thanksgiving :)


Charlie October 9, 2010 at 9:40 am

This bell pepper is the cutest thing ever!
I only make coffee in a french press (I think it tastes much better).


Izzy October 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

Woot! Congrats on your Bodum! I reccomend a bodum grinder – they look nice on the countertop and I’d say they compliment the press nicely ;) I got mine for about $27 at the Green Beanery in Toronto, but they do ship as well. (That store is a coffee lover’s dream, I tells ya!)



jaime October 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

I just bought a bag of lentils and have no idea how to use them. Thank you for the recipe!


[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ October 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

Love the ease of that salad. Enjoy the weekend.


Emily October 9, 2010 at 10:08 am

This salad looks awesome! I am currently transitioning to a vegetarian diet and looking to incorporate more beans and legumes. I have some lentils in my pantry that are in need of a recipe and this looks like the one :) Simple but delicious, love it!


Amber K October 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

I understand the tradition and meaning of the American Thanksgiving. So I’m a little confused as to the Canadian one! Have a great Thanksgiving weekend as I’m off to Blackle and learn!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

It’s great to get a Burr grinder, this one is really nice (we have this one) because you can control the degree of grinding of the beans (from very fine to coarse). Here’s a link:


It’s not as big as the website makes it appear!


Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat October 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

I second this! My uncle is a coffee SNOB and won’t drink any coffee that’s not ground with a Burr!


Heather (Heather's Dish) October 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

we got a great coffee grinder at cosco a while back…i think it was krupps? anyway, french press coffee will rock your world…and it works great for loose leaf tea too!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

Looks yummy!! Congrats on getting to the next round… I love reading these submissions!

As for a coffee grinder, honestly… a magic bullet works, or at Superstore (loblaws) they sell a $10 one that works great!!


Moni'sMeals October 9, 2010 at 11:03 am

perfect! Have a lovley Thanksgiving!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

Happy Thanksgiving- have a wonderful time at your in-laws!


Ashley October 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

I have that exact French press, and I LOVE it. The good news is I can stick in the dish washer and it comes out looking like new every time.


Dee October 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

ps. love the French Press!


Paula October 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

Great lentil salad! My favorite meals usually consist of some grain or bean with veggies and dressing. Sometimes I then have to salad over greens. Very cute green pepper too!


Allison @ Food For Healing October 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

I love lentils and this salad looks amazing, I think ill make something similar to take for lunch this week :) You always have the simplest, most clever ideas!


Sana October 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Why do you guys celebrate thanksgiving before the US?


Reka October 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Cooking at midnight? What? I hope you had a good rest though. I’ll def. will be voting! :)
Safe trip and enjoy your weekend Angela.



Paige @Running Around Normal October 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Enjoy your family time!


Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace October 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm


Yum, love lentils! What a quick and easy recipe….might have to incorporate this one!

My sister and brother-in-law do not live w/o their French press, they take it everywhere they go, camping, traveling,etc. Have fun with that!

Enjoy family holiday!


Eimear Rose October 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

The salad looks delish:)
As for coffee beans, I used to grind my own, but a coffee obsessive I work with told me it’s no different to buy them ground, because they’re ground as soon as they’re roasted and sealed in the bag, and then you keep them in the freezer- no point in going to the expensive of a decent grinder when it doesn’t make your coffee any fresher. The only downside, if you want to get really fussy, is that ground beans are usually just a tad too fine for a french press- you can find them ground to the right size if you keep an eye out. I use my coffee grinder now to grind seeds and whole spices. Happy coffee drinking! Just remember to not drink coffee for at least an hour after a mineral rich meal, it’ll impair absorption (although I’m sure you know that:) )


mar October 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Canadian Tire sells a little white colored coffee grinder, brand name ‘Lancaster’. It is tiny (yay for saving storage space), retails at about ten bucks (don’t be tempted by the ridiculously overpriced ones that try to outshine this one on the shelf), and works perfectly – you control the grind on the beans by shortening or lengthening the amount of time you press the button. I have two – one for grinding spices, and one for grinding coffee!!

happy thanksgiving!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The lentil salad looks awesome. I almost made soup with lentils in it yesterday, sorta like your soup in a pumpkin soup, but passed on adding the lentils.

Anyway the french press…congrats! I will be the lone dissenter and say I find that cleaning up a french press is MORE work than simply chucking a paper coffee filter in the trash from a regular coffee pot simply b/c with a French Press, there is nothing “containing” the grounds so they are just free flowing everywhere and you will have “coffee grounds soup” either in your trash can, in your sink basin, and everywhere in between. To me, that’s more work than just making a pot of coffee but hey girl, rock it. We can chat about all my coffee tips…I have a coffee maker, a total pimp espresso and cappucino maker that set me back a few pennies, a french press, about 4 coffee grinders, yeah, I take my coffee seriously :)


Teri [a foodie stays fit] October 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm

You’ll love having a french press! So quick & easy to use!

I’ve had this coffee grinder for about 4 months and I think it’s great .



schmei October 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Congrats on round 4!

We use a Cuisinart coffee grinder. It’s been through 4+ years and is still going strong, so I’d recommend that. Also, my sister-in-law adds a dash of cinnamon to her French Press coffee – very tasty!


stephanie shifrin October 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

OK.. I return to work after 10 months, don’t check in for a week and what is this I see? You’re drinking COFFEE?? (or CAWFEE) as we say in Brooklyn :-) I really thought i”d never see the day! haha!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!



Clare October 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Yay! I’m so excited about your french press. I’m a little bit obsessed with mine. May I inquire where you got the “shatterproof beaker” version? I have broken a few of the glass carafes so this is right up my alley.


Sophie October 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Oooooo this looks sooooo good- so simple yet so tasty and healthy!!

Angela, do you think you would be able to post a little more about your road to running/jogging/fitness? I would love to read more about how you came to be running half marathons such as how you stay motivated and how you trained to be able to run those kinds of distances!

You’re spreading some seriously positive foodie vibes here- keep it up!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

You might enjoy my post called ‘from 1 minute to 10 miles’ on my running page:



Angela (Oh She Glows) October 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

oops correct link might help: http://www.ohsheglows.com/run


Sophie October 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Ah perfect- I totally overlooked this!

Thanks so much! :)


meg October 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

looks yummy! congrats on project food blog!!

i just grind my coffee beans in my (small) food processor. works fine for me! (and you want a little coarser of a grind for french press!)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

That salad look so healthy and refreshing!


Paula October 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Whatever grinder you get, I recommend that you get a burr grinder – thats the only kind that will ensure that your grounds are uniformly ground. With magic bullets and spice grinder style grinders you get variable sized grounds. Not terrible if you’re using a paper filter and making drip, but for french press you need uniformly coarse grounds. Also, if you ever got a Bialetti Moka pot for making espresso you’ll be prepared to make super fine grounds that are required for that :)

The burr grinders are more expensive and a little bigger than the blender kinds, but I think its worth it! http://tinyurl.com/25hg6gj


Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread October 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Angela!!! We are enjoying a chilly one here in the maritimes! This lentil salad looks yummy!!


katie October 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Happy thanksgiving! Congrats on the French press. I use a small Capresso grinder and it works really well for smaller (<10 cups worth or so) amounts.


Tiffany @ Eat, Run, Write, Love October 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Love that idea! I also love recipes that are quick and easy, you have so many of them!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Angela!


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 10, 2010 at 12:05 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

The salad looks to die for. I am a huge lentil fan and need to cook with them more often!


Jennifer October 10, 2010 at 2:59 am

That salad looks delicious!! I must try!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 10, 2010 at 6:10 am

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your weekend and the beautiful weather! :)


Amber October 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

Looks relish! What kind of lentils did you use? When I have made them in the past, the kind I ace used turns to mush and doesn’t stay intact.


Halley (Blunder Construction) October 10, 2010 at 9:07 am

I can’t wait to see what your family eats for this holiday. Maybe I will get some dish ideas for my American Thanksgiving. :)


Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 10, 2010 at 9:08 am

I use a La Povina coffee grinder that I got when I was nineteen – I’ve had it for five years and love it :-).


Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 10, 2010 at 9:16 am

Oh, and just for quick reference: mine is a La Povina mill grinder, not one of their burr grinders. I use it for flax seed on occasion, too. :-)


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul October 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing this delicious (looking) recipe!


Stephanie October 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

The salad looks yumilious! hehe. Where did you find the Frenc Press? My mother would love to have that! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving day! Looking forward to your #4 post!!! Go Angela!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 11, 2010 at 7:11 am

I got it at a store called Goulda’s Kitchen :) they have an online shop too.


Shannon October 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I make French Press coffee every morning for my husband (I don’t drink it). When I bought my grinder, I did some research, and enlisted my daughter who works for Starbucks. I found out that most grinders heat up the beans while they grind, which effects the flavor of your coffee and can make it taste bitter.

I use the Capresso Cool Grind, recommended by Cook’s Illustrated. I grind it for 12 seconds (I just count, don’t get too technical!) and the coffee comes out perfectly!


Pure2raw twins October 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Love lentils!! This salad looks great, we will have to make it ; )

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend!!!

Burr grinders are really good because you can adjust the settings to grind coffee, so espresso to cone filters to flatbottom, but really just a basic grinder will work to. Most coffee shops sell grinders, I know Starbucks does. I just grind till it looks like the size of grinds I need to brew coffee. Sorry for the long answer…I used to work at a coffeeshop.


[email protected] October 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

That lentil salad looks so fresh and delicious! I’m normally not a huge fan of lentils, but your recipe makes me want to give them another shot! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)


Ashley October 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Gimmmmeeee that pink spoon and the perfect natural light in your house!!! :)


Cassie October 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Happy thanksgiving!
I use our Magic Bullet for grinding coffee. Those things can do almost ANYTHING. !


Kathryn October 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

French press is WAY better than coffee maker coffee. Just don’t grind the beans too small. They shoudl be pretty chunky. If you are feeling really crazy go to a coffee place and get some beans there and ask them to grind them for a french press. So happy to see you on the coffee waggon. It is magic. I don’t have it every day, I keep it special.

Don’t forget about iced coffee in the summer!


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