I love M&S’s Rice and Lentil salad with Aubergine, but I’ve always been a bit miffed by how little aubergine it has in it. Surely if it’s in the title it should be one of the main ingredients? Anyway, luckily it really isn’t needed in this salad, there’s already so much flavour and texture going on that it would almost be a waste to hide it amongst the rest. It’s about time I learnt to recreate this little beauty and show you how it’s done.
To make enough for 4 lunches, just mix together:
150g green lentils, cooked and cool
150g Wild Rice, cooked and cooled
1/2 Red pepper, diced
1 stick of celery, diced
1 spring onion, diced
2 Cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
A small handful of parsley
It’s a perfect side dish as we head in to Summer I can imagine it sitting perfectly alongside some chargrilled chicken and a bit like my tuna pasta salad, it’s a healthy, easy lunch to make ahead for the week. The bonus? M&S pack 145 calories in to 100g where as mine has just 82.