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Fresh Red Lentil & Sweet Potato Salad

The last time I went shopping, instead of simply picking up the basic bag of green lentils, I decided to open new doors and try red lentils. While not quite as nutritious as green lentils, (red lentils contain less protein and fiber than their green cousin), they have a pleasant, almost airy taste and work great in salads. I decided to make a tasty salad complete with sprouts, cucumbers, mushrooms and goddess dressing. What made this salad particularly unique was my decision to throw in sliced cooked sweet potato. I had a leftover half of sweet potato from the night before and I decided that would be a good extra kick. By topping the salad with Goddess dressing, I was in taste bud heaven.  Goddess dressing is a dressing made with tahini, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. I picked some up from the grocery store, you can find a great Goddess at Trader Joe’s.

This salad is great to eat for a pick-me-up, as it is super nutrient packed and will give you an energy boost.

Bon apetit!

*What you’ll need*

1 1/2 cups spinach leaves or mesculan greens

1/4 sliced cucumber

1/4 cup sliced crimini mushrooms (or any variety really)

1/4 cup – 1/2 cup cooked red lentils (cook the night before and only for 20 minutes or until only slightly tender)

1/2 medium cooked sweet potato sliced (is actually quite good slightly warmed, but not necessary)

1/2 cup sprouts

2 tablespoons Goddess dressing

Put everything together and there you go! Feel free to go crazy and add extra veggies or even add additional beans. =)

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About govegetarianista86

After transitioning to a meatless diet two years ago, Lauren and I had no choice but to learn lots of great vegetarian recipes---and fast---after all, we always loved great food. The reason for our decision to omit meat and most dairy products from our lives was quite simple. A vegetarian diet is healthier, kinder, and ironically much cheaper than one with meat. We created this website to show that being a vegetarian is one of the easiest and most rewarding lifestyles to partake in, and hope that both vegetarians and aspiring vegetarians alike will visit Go-Vegetarianista habitually. :) About the authors: Nadya Rousseau is an actor/writer/producer residing in Beverly Hills, CA. She moved to Los Angeles almost five years ago at the age of nineteen to pursue her career and to escape the boredom of her small town. As maintaining a svelte figure is often pivotal in the entertainment industry, she finds she has no trouble staying slim and healthy as a vegetarian. In addition to loving good food and helping others, she enjoys engaging in sarcastic banter--keep an eye out for her frequent sardonic jokes--you'll surely be amused!! Lauren Rheims, is a native of Pomona, CA, and now resides in Beverly Hills, CA. She is a fashion and nature photographer, and of course loves shooting pictures of super yummy food! Lauren at first was apprehensive about becoming vegetarian, being of Creole descent, enjoying delicious seafood and meat, was more or less second nature. However after she discovered just how easy it was to enjoy the same delectable meals sans meat, she was thrilled! Lauren is excited to show everyone the simplicity and allure of vegetarian fare--and just how fun it can be!

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