Legume Salad with Mustard-Fig Dressing

This dressing will really knock your socks off.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fig jam
  • 1/4 cup yellow French mustard
  • 1/4 cup seed-y mustard
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • sprinkle salt
  • Mustard Fig Dressing Ingredients1 can lentils, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, chopped in fours
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 peeled carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green olives stuffed with garlic, sliced
  • Spinach
  • Arugula

Preparation:

  1. For the dressing: whisk together the jam, mustards, olive oil & salt. 
  2. Combine lentils, beans, tomatoes, onion, carrot, & olives in a big bowl.
  3. Put down a bed of spinach & arugula in your serving bowls. Scoop legume & veggie mixture onto the spinach/arugula. Top with a few spoonfuls of dressing & mix up. You can directly mix everything together in a big bowl, but if you want to keep the ingredients fresh & crisp, I suggest keeping the dressing/legume&veggies/spinach apart.

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Bulgur with Wilted Spinach

This was a real winner at home. The flavors were fantastic together!

Ingredients (this makes enough for four adults):

  • 400g dry bulgur (About 1 3/4 cups)
  • 800ml veggie stock (About 3 1/2 cups)
  • Bunch of wild spinach (or whatever fresh spinach you can get your hands on)
  • 6 tomatoes, sliced and de-seeded
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped (or 1 1/2 cup if you’re in an olive-mood)
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Preparation:

  1. First prepare the bulgur: Place the bulgur in with the veggie stock and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to lowest setting for about 7 minutes. Stir. Then take it off the heat completely and let sit until veggie stock has been absorbed.
  2. While the bulgur is still warm and the veggie stock has been absorbed/cooked off, start folding in the spinach. Do this a bit at a time until it all fits in the pot and is wilted.
  3. Move bulgur+spinach into a big bowl. Add in kalamata olives, tomatoes, onion and olive oil. Toss well. Serve warm (on the first day)! And serve cold as leftovers!