Summer lentil salad

    2 hours 25 min

    This easy to make lentil salad is great all year round, but I tend to enjoy it most during the summer served cold. You can add diced carrots or red pepper if you want to bulk it up. I don't add salt but that's up to you.

    7 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 2L water
    • 400g lentils
    • 60g minced celery
    • 100g minced red onion
    • 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons dried oregano

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr25min 

    1. Combine water and lentils in a pot and bring to the boil; cook until the lentils are tender but not mushy, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool.
    2. Gently toss lentils, celery and red onion together in a large bowl. Whisk balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, olive oil and oregano together in a separate bowl; drizzle over lentil mixture and toss to coat.
    3. Cover bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.

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    Two for the price of one: a great salad and also a delicious dressing for any other salad.This is a wonderful recipe! How nice to see a recipe without salt! It's not needed, all the ingredients are so full of flavour on their own. I made this as written in the evening to have it ready for a quick lunch the next day. I mixed up the dressing while the lentils were cooking to let it set. I ended up adding a bit of fresh, diced red bell pepper and shredded carrot for color, crunch and taste then mixed in the dressing. It was so full of flavour and crunch at lunch the next day I mixed up another salad with leftover lentils for company and they took all the leftovers home! So make a triple portion of this if you've got company! A perfect recipe, simple as is but allows you to use your imagination, preferences and ingredients as you like. Don't be weary of mixing balsamic vinegar and white vinegar, they are a match made in heaven.  -  01 May 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I liked it but upon tasting it I needed to add some salt. Threw in some diced tomatoes I had on hand. Easy to make and it was a nice side dish to our grilled cheeseburgers this weekend.  -  01 Jun 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This salad is absolutely amazing!!!! The only change I made was to use 2 cans of lentils rather than cooking them from scratch.  -  21 Apr 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)