Red Lentil Salad with Dried Fruit & Toasted Pine Nuts
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Ingredient Note: Red lentils are a useful addition to your pantry because they cook in just 10 to 15 minutes. They are excellent in soups, salads and vegetarian stews. You can find them in the natural-foods section of your supermarket or through online sources.
Give grains a cooldown: To cool grains down quickly, spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet. The surface area helps speed cooling, while the foil prevents any residual flavors on the pan from seeping in.
2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 lean meat, 1 fat (mono)