Updated on May 1, 2018
Lentil salad is tasty simple dish that you can serve for dinner or between the meals. You will enjoy spicy-citrus lime dressing! This cold lentil salad is healthy for you. Moreover, it is one of my favorite vegan salad recipes!
You can serve spicy lentil salad for your brunch, lunch or even dinner! Dish up with some roasted vegetables (check how we baked vegetables in a whole pumpkin here) and a refreshing drink! Oh yes, perfect dinner for summer night!
Time to make this lentil salad
Did I mention that it takes only 15 minutes to prepare? You will need your time only to chop some of the ingredients and mix together. No cooking!
Maybe you can prepare this lentil salad even faster? Leave a comment below, how much time it took for you to prepare this easy salad recipe.
Well yes, simple tasty and healthy dish! What’s great, you can take it away and eat during work lunch or share in the picnic. This recipe is also budget-friendly!
Moreover, it has only 154 calories!
Main ingredients here are brown lentils, which I used already-cooked from can. You should drain well canned lentils for this salad.
Yes, again, it is a simple salad recipe. Brown lentils are most available and popular. These also look great in the salad, because brown lentils retain their round shape well and don’t become mushy.
However, if you have uncooked lentils, you can use them too. Put lentils in boiling water and cook for 15-20 minutes, then drain and let it cool. Mix with other ingredients and add dressing.
Did you know that lentils are good for your health? It is an excellent source of molybdenum, iron and folate. Lentils also have B-group vitamins, fiber and protein. And almost no fat! Overall, consuming lentils is good for your heart, it also lowers cholesterol and prevents sugar levels spikes.
Moreover, these legumes will give you energy, so you may choose to serve it for your lunch. So this is one of healthy salads to include in your every day diet!
Check our sweet potato soup, where all lentil benefits are combined with other vegetable vitamins!
You may wonder what’s interesting in this cold lentil salad? Well, the key to making this vegan salad different is dressing. I used Jalapeno Lime Dressing. You will love citrus flavored lentils with spiciness from jalapeno pepper in the end!
I used a tiny bit of finely chopped pickled jalapeno for this lime dressing. Pickles has more hot flavor. If you can’t find pickled jalapeno, add cayenne pepper powder on the end of the knife. Fresh jalapeno will not add the same hot flavor! Well, you can mix it in the salad instead of scallions, too.
And Jalapeno Dressing will make your salad a bomb! In a good way of course, but keep reading, if you need some tips.
Tips to make salad dressing more or less spicy
You can adjust the level of spiciness to your preferences by adding more pickled jalapeno. However, don’t add more than 1/4 tsp per person. Of course you can experiment! But leave some water to be accessible, haha!
On the other hand, if you want this lentil salad to be less spicy, add pickled jalapeno without seeds. If it’s still too spicy for you, add more lime juice, drizzle with more olive oil or add a pinch of sugar or honey to balance the flavor of the dressing!
I recommend to taste your dressing before adding it to the lentil salad. Lentils will soak these amazing flavors pretty fast!
And you can always serve lentil salad with bread! And some fresh drink like this alcohol free raspberry mojito.
Hope these tips will help to prepare your own perfect dressing for the salad!
To my mind, spicy lentils are one of the best salads for dinner. So try this vegan lentil salad!
Find more salad recipes on Cooking Journey blog! We recommend you to check Strawberry rhubarb salad with amazing strawberry sauce, perfect for spring and summer time.
Lentil salad - Vegan salad recipes
- 30 g rocket leaves /1 oz
- 30 g yellow bell pepper /1 oz (1/3 of whole pepper)
- 60 g cherry tomatoes 4pcs
- 100 g lentils, canned /3.52 oz
- 2 tbsp scallions chopped
Jalapeno Lime Dressing:
- 1 tbsp lime juice (1/2 lime)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/8 tsp pickled jalapeno finely chopped
- Stir all ingredients for dressing. Leave to infuse.
- Chop bell pepper. Cut tomatoes in quarters.
- Rinse lentils and combine with tomatoes, bell pepper and scallions.
- Add rocket leaves to salad and gently combine with other ingredients.
- Mix lime dressing and add it to the salad.
- Serve with lime wedges, add bread and fresh drink aside!