Dr. Tina’s Food Blog – Cucumber and Lentil Salad

Another easy to make, healthy, go-to meal from Dr. Tina.

I eat lentils for lunch every other day. I am very predictable. I change it up from time to time but mostly I stick to a similar menu for a few weeks so that I know exactly what to purchase and what I’m making. I’m all about systems and making things as easy as possible. Seriously. I go to Costco and Trader Joe’s like clock work.

Lentils are a great source of plant based protein. You can purchase lentils in a can but I prefer the way they taste when I have cooked them. I buy my green lentils at Trader Joes. Rinse the entire pouch, bring to a boil and then cook for 20 minutes longer. I drain them and put one cup into lunch containers. Once cooled I keep one in the fridge and the rest go in the freezer to come out the night before I need them.

I chop an English cucumber into small bites, about a handful of fresh parsley chopped, then add cumin, smoked paprika, and black pepper ( I told you I put pepper on everything) to taste. If you really want a set amount I would start with 3/4 tsp of cumin and paprika and pepper to taste. I squeeze about one lime over it, stir well in a large bowl and then back into my lunch container for the next day. I always make my lunch the night before while prepping dinner. You could easily add your favorite Primal Kitchen salad dressing to it.

Cucumber and Lentil Salad