Curried Lentil, Wild Rice and Orzo Salad

Curried Lentil, Wild Rice and Orzo Salad
This innovative, cool salad partners deliciously with any main dish.


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) wild rice 
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) green lentils or brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) orzo pasta 
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) currants 
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) finely chopped red onion 
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) slivered almonds, toasted


  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) white wine vinegar 
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard 
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground coriander 
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) turmeric 
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) paprika 
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) nutmeg 
  • 1 pinch cinnamon 
  • 1 pinch cloves 
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper 
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) canola oil or vegetable oil


In large pot of boiling salted water, cover and cook wild rice for 10 minutes.Add lentils; boil for 20 minutes. Add orzo; cook just until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and transfer to large bowl. Add currants and onion.

Dressing: In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, cumin, mustard, sugar, salt, coriander, turmeric, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne; whisk in oil. Pour over rice mixture and toss gently.

Let cool; cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) To serve, sprinkle salad with almonds.
Source : Canadian Living Magazine: July 2009


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1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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