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The Best Lentil Salad, Ever

I can’t believe that I haven’t posted this recipe before. With picnic season in full swing here, I suddenly realized that I’ve been keeping this unbelievable salad recipe all to myself! This dish is probably one of the most-cooked meals in my household, and in my opinion, the only lentil salad recipe you will ever need. I love it so much in fact, it’s being served at my wedding in August. Enough said.
This dish was first served to me by my fabulous friend Mia who is a phenomenal cook in her own right, and I love going to her house to eat because she has such a beautiful understanding of how to make healthy food taste amazing. She also purchases very high quality ingredients, and is not afraid to experiment in the kitchen – two qualities I admire very much.

This lentil salad recipe is no exception. The flavours of this dish are totally outstanding, yet unexpected. The ingredient list may seem a little long, but after closer inspection you’ll notice that it is mostly just spices, ten of them to be exact. It is this special combination of flavours that creates a truly remarkable salad that is lip-smackingly tasty and totally addictive.
I should also mention that this salad is the perfect picnic food, as it transports well and is a superb make-ahead meal – ten times tastier the day after! It keeps in the fridge very well for 2-3 days.

The star of the show is the delectable “Du Puy” lentil, sometimes referred to as “the poor man’s caviar”. Du Puy lentils are quite a bit smaller than green or brown lentils, and are revered for their ability to retain their shape after being cooked. Green, brown, and red lentils are great in soups because they are soft, mushy, and tend to fall apart, but those would be less-than-perfect choices for a sophisticated salad. Du Puy lentils work better in salads than in soups and stews because they tend to be a little more robust, and when cooked properly, they will retain just a little tooth. You can find these lovely legumes at any quality grocery store, natural food, or health food store, just make sure they say Du Puy – otherwise they are a French lentil knockoff. Sacré bleu!

Fill up on Folate
Lentils are one of the yummiest sources of folate (also know as folic acid) – just one cup of cooked lentils provides you with almost 90% of your daily recommended intake! And why is folate so important? You’ve probably heard about this vital vitamin in regards to pregnancy, as it is critical in the prevention of birth defects. Folate also functions to support red blood cell production and help prevent anemia, allows nerves to function properly, helps prevent osteoporosis-related bone fractures, and helps prevent dementias including Alzheimer’s disease.

Folate received its name from the Latin word folium, meaning “foliage”, so it’s not wonder that other excellent sources of folate are dark leafy greens (yum, your favorite!) – kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, beet greens, mustard greens, parsley, and collards to name a few. This may explain why North American diets seem to be on the deficient end of things when it comes to this B-vitamin, as folic acid is available from fresh, unprocessed food. The good news is it is easily absorbed, used, and stored by the body. Folic acid is also manufactured by intestinal bacteria (remember those probiotics?), so if colon flora is healthy, we have another good source of folic acid.

The Best Lentil Salad, Ever
Ingredients:
2 ¼ cups (1 lb.) Du Puy lentils
1 medium red onion, diced
1 cup dried currants (you could also use raisins or other dried fruit)
1/3 cup capers

Vinaigrette:
1/3 cup cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. strong mustard
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

Optional add-ins:
Arugula
Walnuts
Goat cheese
Fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, cilantro, basil
Sprouts
Crispy seasonal veggies

Directions:
1. Rinse lentils well, drain. Place in a pot and cover with a 3-4 inches of water, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Check lentils for doneness after 15 minutes, but they should take about 20 minutes in total. You will know they are cooked if they still retain a slight tooth – al dente! Overcooking the lentils is the death of this dish. Be careful!
2. While the lentils are simmering, make the dressing by placing all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously to combine.
3. Finely dice red onion – the salad is best if all the ingredients are about the same size. If using raisins, chop them roughly to make them a bit smaller, and do the same with the capers if they are large.
4. When the lentils are cooked, remove from heat, drain and place under cold running water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled slightly but still a little warm, place lentils in a large serving bowl and toss with dressing. Add other onion, capers, and currants. If using other add-ins such as herbs, greens, or cheese, wait until just before serving. Otherwise, this salad can hang out in the fridge for a couple days.

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286 thoughts on “The Best Lentil Salad, Ever”

  • Hi Sarah,
    Just finished a big bowl of this salad and it is AWESOME!!!! I was short on a few things so used 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 cup dried cherries, had no nutmeg, cardamom or clove but dressing was still awesome! Added finely diced celery and chopped walnuts and fresh cilantro and basil. Thanks for the suggestion of the fresh herbs as I find it adds sooo much! Next time will try adding some roasted beets and crumbled goat cheese as another commenter suggested. Thanks for this recipe it will be made regularly in my house.
    Brandy Smith
    Stuart,Fl.

  • I like lentil salad as well, but my favorite is a viaigrette dressing with lentils topping tender spinach leaves, in turn topped by cubes of fresh mozzarella cheese and chopped roasted almonds. Strips of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes are a nice addition if you have any on hand.

    That said, the name of this particular lentil variety is not “du” Puy; it’s Le Puy, after the location in France where it is grown: specifically, the volcanic area around Le Puy-en-Velay in the Haute Loire département. It”s a beautiful area with an interesting history.

      • And I’m back – sorry for the repeated comments. I’ve learned that both Le Puy and du Puy can be used – it depends on the context. It seems most common (I live in France a bit north of Le Puy) to see the lentils referred to as Le Puy; however, if one is being more formal and wishes to specify where the lentils came from rather than just the name of their origin, one would say les lentilles du Puy (the lentils of Le Puy). Either way works and I mistook my personal experience as if it were the correct way.

  • Love this lentil salad, very interesting dressing! Tried it for the first time about a month ago and am making it again today for my lunches this week (I serve over arugula and top with goat cheese). Thanks for the recipe, sooooo good.

  • I noticed that you do not instruct to soak the lentils in this recipe. Is this typical for lentils? As I thought I should be soaking all of my legumes/beans/whatever a lentil is.

    Thanks!
    Justine

    • Hi. You don’t need to soak dried lentils. Just bring up to the boil, keep it rolling for ten mins or so, then simmer till chewy.

  • I FINALLY made this and so glad I did. I did use french lentils because that’s what I keep stocked, but since they keep their shape I figured it would be fine. And it was. Much better than fine. Certainly deserving of the title ‘best’!!! How did you ever come up with this fantastic spice combo??

  • Hi Sarah. I am thinking about making this salad for a large party. How many people do you think it serves? I’m trying to decide how many batches to make.

  • Made this a day ago..was DELICIOUS! Complete hit with whole family and will definetly be made again and again.
    Thanks heaps 🙂

  • 100% hit in my house! I always make it when we have a company who are wary of vegan food. Thanks for this recipe! My husband calls it ‘falling in love lentil salad’ as he says every time I make it he falls in love with me again. <3. What can beat that?

    • Hello Amy Jo,

      Oh man, if THAT isn’t the best testimonial I’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is 😀 Thanks for your kind words and I’m thrilled to hear it’s kept your marriage alive! haha…
      It’s one of my favourites too. And every time I go to a potluck (even with total strangers) there’s almost always a bowl of it on the table. Love!

      Big hugs,
      Sarah B

  • This recipe is the bomb. Trying to sound like my 13 year old 🙂 It’s so delicious and so easy to make, win-win. The 13 year old does not belly ache when I make this. He loves it. Thank you for the best ever lentil salad.

  • This recipe is amazing! Savory, and a little bit sweet and spicy. Lentils are a great plant based source of folate and iron. I was glad to find something that I can make a batch of and bring to work all week. Plus, my friend that hates lentils loved this salad (I think it was the firmness of the Du Puys). Thank you!

  • This might double post, sorry (internet not behaving). LOVE this–just thinking about it and I want to make it. If however you do not have all the spices on hand, you can make something similar with 1 tbsp mustard, 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp curry powder, and a little more than a half cup of oil. But make this one, it is totally worth it! A fun way to eat is in lettuce cups or on endive leaves. Enjoy!

  • Such a delicious dish, and what a crowd pleaser! I used LePuy for the Lentils, and Sun Dried Tomatoes for the dried fruit (3oz 1/2 dried, & @n3oz in EVOO). An hour before serving, I let it come to room temperature, then tossed with a lot Arugula (my sister Lexi’s suggestion). It was delicious and was a huge success at the potluck I attended last night. This ‘Best Ever Lentil Salad’ and a simple ‘green tossed salad with walnuts & feta’ were the only two side dishes completely consumed; by 12 adults! Thank you for sending the recipe to me, dear little sister!!

  • I am eating this lentil salad while posting the comment. I layered this with arugula and feta cheese for a solar eclipse picnic. Huge hit! Since the first time I tried this recipe, I have made it at least once every couple of weeks. All those spices together create a surprise explosion of yum my mouth. It’s good for you crack, basically.

  • This vinaigrette is killer and I make a double batch of it for salads throughout the week! VERY flavorful and delicious 🙂

  • Absolutely amazing dressing and this dish has made into my top 3 lentil salad dishes that rock my world. I will be making this again and again. I followed the recipe to the letter and only added rocket/arugula to the mix

  • I made a version of this salad (no capers) and took it on a road trip with my daughters. I can only say it is better the third day than the second and is better the fourth day than the third! Great recipe, and our go-to for make ahead food.

  • I agree, this was delicious. We grow lentils so always looking for new ways to use them. Took it to a potluck today and many asked for the recipe. I had just purchased a sprouted lentil trio from Costco that takes only 8 minutes to cook! Worked great with this recipe. I made it as is with the ingredients listed. The additions I added were the walnuts, a bit of arugula, carrots and cukes chopped fine. I was only missing the capers and cardamom. Was pleasantly surprised how all the flavors mixed together so well.

  • as everyone comments, this salad IS the best ever! My family loves it, crowds love it, vegans, carnivores, you name it. It’s just that good. We love it with roasted beets, which I keep in a separate container. Roast beets until tender (do NOT ever boil beets!), skins and dice. Add finely grated fresh ginger and pressed garlic. Season with good salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and a splash of EVOO. Just tremendous! Thank you my fellow Canadian eh!

    • I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with this recipe so I made it. Only had brown lentils in cupboard, left out capers and currants and added dried cranberries, fresh coriander and pepitas. OMG , its delicious. (left out the salt, didnt need it anyway)….
      Thanks for the recipe mmmm mmmm

  • This is the most incredibly delicious lentil salad which I now make repeatedly. Am vegan and is in my recipe book forever.
    Thank you for the recipe

  • Truth = The Best Lentil Salad EVER!! I double the capers (because I love them) and added some chopped celery and walnuts to mine. The dressing is incredible and I will probably use it for some other dishes as well. Next time I will make sure to have arugula to add to the salad. Thanks, this one is a game changer!

  • I had a salad similar to this at a catered event and it was amazing!! I was so excited to find this recipe and I can’t wait to get the ingredients to make it at home.

  • This recipe rocks! My husband never really cared for lentil salad until he tried this version..only difference I did was scale down salt to 1/2 tsp since I cook my lentils in broth and a bay leaf. Like the suggestions, I also add diced celery, carrots, green bell peppers, and crumbled goat cheese. Thanks a million!

  • Really healthy and delcious…. too many currants i think halve it and put half a cup and no clove powder. I included fresh coriander

  • I made this salad for a pot luck and people went crazy for it. Everyone was like, “are these…beans? What are they?” Lentils, my friends! One guy liked it so much that he took some home in his water bottle. Ha! I added more capers, because I love them, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly and added some greens and nuts before serving like Sarah suggests. This salad will definitely be in regular rotation.

  • I was so shocked at how good this salad is. I found that Garam Masala spice worked very well in this recipe. My daughter requested I bring this salad to her mother in law’s house for a family gathering they are having where several are healthy eaters. After making it several times I know it will be a great dish to add to my rotation of recipes.

    • Just made this salad, didnt quite have all the ingredients, but close enough.( I will get the rest). So delicious. We are going to be cooking a whole lamb , asado style, on the beach. This will be one of the sides for sure.

  • Looking for ideas to finish a lentil salad I have started, and your recipe jumped out at me. Sounds & looks delicious. Will pick up some goat cheese, more herbs and veg later today. Thank you!

  • Thanks for the recipe it seems delicious, had a very idle weekend and now i am wonna try making that salad will get back and share my experience

  • Yet another comment to rave about this salad! I made it for a dinner party of non-veggies and had it again (and again) for lunch. Truly delicious – the dressing is amazing.
    I couldn’t find de Puy lentils so I used whole black lentils which worked very well and held their shape. I substituted dried apricots for the currants which added a nice tangy flavour. Left out the maple syrup altogether, and didn’t have nutmeg or cloves so used mixed spice. I served it on a bed of lettuce, rocket and watercress with roast butternut, toasted almonds and pomegranate jewels – fantastic! Thanks for a really great recipe.

    • So great to hear Laura! Your substitutions sound great – I’ll have to try it with apricots next time 🙂

      All my best,
      Sarah B

  • It looks like the reviews have all been written by the same person under different names but I am going to try a version of this recipe anyway.

    • @Nadja
      I am 99% sure that it’s not the case. This lentil salad has been a personal favorite since 2011. It’s in fact so good that we make a big batch of the spicemix and keep a jar of it in our spicecabinet. Try it! Our favorite add-ins are arugula, walnuts and fetacheese.
      Just dropped in today to make a new batch of the spicemix…

    • Whatever gave you that idea??? Are they too positive about this recipe? I can tell you it’s absolutely delicious and it’s no surprise to me the reviewers rave about it. I make it every week or so.

  • I also love this, but feel that
    a) about 3 oz., unpeeled weight, of shallots finely chopped is a superior choice to the red onion;
    b) half a dozen finely chopped gherkins also adds to the flavour.
    c) one should check the sauce before adding – some may find it a bit too acid and in need of a teaspoon of sugar (for example).
    But thanks a million for the recipe.

  • This is in fact the best lentil salad ever. I make it more or less according to the recipe but sub allspice for the cloves and cinnamon and lightly pickle the onion. I also add arugula, broccoli, walnuts, and goat cheese. Amazing. This one’s in permanent rotation around here.

  • Sarah, you’re totally right. This IS the best lentil salad, evvvvvver. I’ve made it a number of times now, and everyone I’ve fed it to are repeatedly pleasantly surprised. I have a copy of your cookbook and I love it. I recently found out I am intolerant to dairy and sugar (I’ve been breaking out with eczema for 12 years now and managing it with cortisone for 8 of those 12 years). Do you have any other suggestions for cookbooks that may serve me and my intolerances? I would love to see you do a post of your favourite cookbooks one day! I love your blog, you are inspiring!

  • I looked for a lentil salad this morning and when I saw this recipe and knew that I am going to like it. I have tried it and I LOVE it! Will definitely make it again…..and again……and again….

    Thank You!!

  • This is a cracking salad – will be trying it tonight with my family. I may see how I go without the syrup though as I want to keep it alkaline. Perhaps a touch of stevia instead? And will def add some sprouts for that extra little nutrient hit 🙂

    Thanks for this – great looking pics too!
    Ross

  • OMG…..love, love, love this salad! The only changes I made was I used twice as much cinnamon instead of cloves, used green onion for the red onion and used dried tart cherries for the currants. I did add feta cheese and walnuts. It was soooo good!!!! This will be a new lunch favorite for me!

  • The first time that I made this salad, I did not have cloves, cardamom or currants. I just used raisins. The salad was good, but not great. The second time I made it, I followed the recipe exactly as it’s written; I now understand why this is, indeed, the best lentils salad out there. I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing in one sitting. It is that good! A suggestion, do serve with the “add-ins”; they really enhance the salad.

  • This is a yummy salad. I did use a few less capers. We first ate it straight, then for dinner had it on some salad greens and stirred through some grated carrot. It was already tasty but adding a few fresh extras improves the texture

  • I made this recipe for a Halloween potluck meal. I omitted the cardamom, then added toasted walnuts, carrots, red and yellow peppers and a bunch of parsley. Many people asked for the recipe and I’ve directed them to your wonderful site. Thanks for another delicious recipe.
    Great cookbook by the way, it’s one of my favourites!

  • It’s got an Indian taste profile. Too much salt, and the tumeric and cumin overpowers the dressing, I suggest reeling those spice amounts in somewhat. One-Third of a cup of capers is actually an entire bottle. I added some dill pickle relish for additional punch. There are many modifications suggested in these comments that are worthy of trying. Rather than the goat cheese (which we tried) I’d suggest Feta, and don’t leave out the walnuts. Additional diced red or green pepper would be nice too. Not sure I’ll make this again. DePuy lentils are rock star lentils that don’t need this fussy of a dressing in my opinion.

    • I agree with Enna’s comment — it was a bit one-note, and overly salty. Both of these issues might’ve been alleviated by trying the optional add-ins, but I kept to the base recipe. I much prefer Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lentil Salad with Mustard and Tomatoes (found everywhere online). That said, I’ve liked a lot of the NutritionStripped recipes — just not this one so much.

    • The spice was overwhelming the clove in particular. My family did not like it all. One recipe for the trash in our house.

  • I made this exactly as the recipe said except I didn’t have Du Puy lentils and used red. On top of that, it was my husband’t birthday and my granddaughter and I were both working in the kitchen (she on the cake) and I overcooked the lentils. I thought, “Oh, no!” – especially when I pre-tasted the dressing and thought it was only so-so. But wow, although you said overcooking the lentils would be the death of the recipe, it wasn’t! Maybe it would be better not overcooked but when everything came together, it was great. I’d planned on Boule with it but when it overcooked and turned into something a little less defined, I thought “Why not use it with a dip on Naan?” So I made naan and it was great. I have to say that when I looked at all the positive and no negative reviews, I wondered if you don’t accept negative reviews but whether you do or not, we were more than satisfied. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes since I just discovered this site.

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  • Just wanted to thank you for this terrific recipe. I made it Friday night, and served it Saturday afternoon at a big BBQ. Every single person asked for the recipe – what a winner!

  • I made this tonight using Harvest Gold Lentils which I saw yesterday for the first time at The Good Food Store in Missoula. Would never have thought of using capers and currents with lentils. The salad was delicious. Added chopped goat cheese and chopped Champagne Cheddar. Used toasted almonds instead of walnuts. We loved it. Will have to check out your blog. THANKS

  • ok seriously beyond delicious….what a great work day lunch. I didn’t add currants, but did add a bunch of crunchy veggies. Cucumber, red bell pepper, carrot, celery, chopped romaine lettuce. The dressing is to die for, thank you for the best use of lentils EVER.

  • ok this was beyond delicious….what a great salad to take to work!!! I didn’t add the currents but added a lot of crunchy veggies. Cucumber, carrot, celery, red bell pepper. And oh my the dressing is out of this world. Thank you for the best use of lentils EVER!

  • This looks delicious and I would love to make this, although where do you buy your lentils from? Which brand? I am having a hard time finding the French ones :/

  • I decided to make this lentil salad because of the rave reviews and I am not disappointed. This one’s going in my regular rotation. Thanks for sharing!

  • This was ages ago but on the off chance that you see it, here’s my question. I soak my lentils overnight so that they are easier to digest. Any thoughts on whether this recipe would work with those or if anyone has tried it?

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  • I am 64 and have never commented on any blog until I ate this heavenly salad. I almost passed out from the extreme high I was on while eating. Thank you for bringing so much joy into my kitchen.

  • Fantastique!!! I just made this for the first time today and I LOVE it!! It is addicting, I ate my first bowl and I want more, more, more! Thank you so much, this is simply perfect for the summer weather and outdoor eating. Bon appétit!

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this recipe. I love a good lentil salad and this is by far the best recipe – the dressing in particular is just perfect – and I have made it countless times.

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  • In a word, Fabulous! I just happened on your site and, since we were planning to have lentils this evening, I made it. I think the addition of maple syrup is inspired. I used golden raisins and a shallot and a little garam masala in the seasonings. I’m going to top it with goat’s cheese – what a feast! Thanks for the recipe, from Sylvia in France . . .

  • Just picked up your cookbook on the weekend. Beautiful. I made the best lentil salad ever and OMG delicious and so easy to pull together. Love your blog and now love your cookbook.

  • Just wanted to let you know that I finally tried this today. I wanted to test it before bringing it to Easter brunch next week and…WOW! I ate three bowls immediately it was that good. Thanks for the recipe. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of your cookbook this week and will try to see you in LA if I can!

  • This is the first recipe I have EVER commented on. AMAZING!!!! I left out the cloves. Added cilantro, lemon juice and some roasted beets! Thank you for posting!

  • First lentil salad i have ever cooked and it is amazing! My mind is blown. I didnt know what dupuy lentils were so just used red lentils and all ground spices (non freshly ground). Very delicious, will be making this again! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • This salad is truely awesome. I brought it to a party with my college friends and although they usulally never like lentils/beans they all loved it:)

  • This recipe is AMAZING! I’ve made and shared it many times… It’s easy to make and take with you to work, pick-nicks and parties. At least one person will come to me and ask about this fantastic recipe. It’s a winner! Tip: the dressing-spice-list seems a bit long, but with a good GARAM MASALA you can replace part of the ingredients and then add what’s still missing. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

  • This was on our dinner table for Christmas thanks to my awesome Auntie. It is absolutely the new fav. in our family – share and share again its delicious!

  • I just love this recipe and have shared with so many friends as well. It really is the “best lentil salad ever”. I always double the dressing. I add half for the recipe requirement and just refridgerate the lentil base. Being the only person who eats this in my house, lucky for me, it lasts days. Each time I eat it, I add a different ingredients and add a little of the extra dressing to freshen it up and coat new ingredients. Heaven on earth and so easy to make.

  • I’ve been making a version of this about once a week for the past several months — so good, and a nice quick weekday option. I omit the currants and toss in a lot of extras — arugula, tomatoes, snap peas, tofu, walnuts — for a one-dish meal. Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

    • Mmmm I do the same…it’s my go to dish when I need an everything hit! And I make enough for my work lunch for the next couple of days. A little bit of effort, but the end result is SO worth it. Seriously LOVE this salad! Thanks for the inspiration Sarah. X

  • I just made this for a vegan potluck supper. It is so good I couldn’t stop eating it myself. When I saw all the ingredients I couldn’t imagine how it would come out, but somehow everything blends together very nicely. At the same time there is a different texture/flavor in every bite. Definitely a keeper.

  • The salad is delicious and I make it for BBQs, kid’s lunch boxes, adult’s lunch boxes and ready in the fridge for a great addition to a mid week meal. Delicious, healthy and easy.

  • How many servings is your salad please?
    I’m serving six as side for grilled cheese sandwiches (at Burning Man) for an art build crew. This looks great.
    Cheers!

  • This is absolutely amazing. I’m thinking of adding or subbing some quinoa to get my complete protein + whole grain needs checked off, any ideas for ratios?

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  • THIS IS AN AMAZING RECIPE! I never thought the words amazing and lentils could be in the same sentence. I’ve been looking for cheapish, healthy lunches, that can be made in advance, and that are good at room temperature for on the go. Only change I made was adding cooked brown rice when I’m serving (I think if I added to the mix and let sit in fridge maybe would get too gummy). such a great balance of flavors. My grocery list says “lentils x4” i.e. enough to make this every week for a month 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Ah, just one question, how much is 1 cup dried fruits in gramm? When I made this salad the first time, I had only 125 gr. redcurrants. And the second time, I have added all the raisins I had at home, around 210 gr., and this seems too much. Asking google, it says 1 cup = 240 gr. but looking at the amount of raisins I used last time, that sounds far too much to me.
    Many thx in advance for your answer.
    Rgds, Simone

  • Dear Sarah,
    I found your website via Okka Rohd’s Blog “Slomo”, she introduced your Big Comfy Sweet Potatoe with the Red Blanket Sauce there recently. I am so thrilled finding your site … made the this lentil salas two times within the last 2 weeks – i cannot get enough – it is absolutely terrific. And I had all spices at home already 🙂 I have recommended your page to a couple of friends already and registered here a couple of days ago. And I have bookmarked lots of your recipes. Again … I am so thrilled finding your site. I’m looking forward to your next entries. All the best!
    Simone from Frankfurt/Germany

  • I made this today. I can honestly say it is THE BEST COLD LENTIL SALAD I’ve ever tasted. I am a personal chef and my clients are getting this tonight. The flavors and spices and texture of this dish are absolutely delightful.

  • This is a fantastic recipe. I cut down on the currants, as the end result seemed a bit sweet. I added some walnuts and feta cheese which helped offset the sweetness. Delicious!

  • Definitely the best lentil salad ever. I’ve made this several times and I consistently have someone asking for the recipe. I like adding walnuts and sometimes carrots. It is so delicious I could eat it for days without ever getting tired of it. Or finish it all in one sitting. Thank you and I look forward to exploring your other recipes.

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  • Love the recipes, but when i print them out I get all the comments too – pages and pages of them. Annabelle

  • WOW! I had one cup of cooked lentils in the fridge and I was starving tonight, so I Googled lentil salads. Your website came up among the very first ones, and since I love all your recipes and am a big fan, there was no question whose recipe will I be making tonight. And boy, was I blown away!!! The salad dressing is amazing, so balanced and flavorful! I had all ingredients, except for capers, so I subbed it with homemade pickles and black olives. Oh and no goat cheese either, but I will surely add some next time, which will be tomorrow. 🙂 I’ll also try it with quinoa. You should have seen me spooning the last bits of lentils from my plate… I was so sad I couldn’t have more…barely one cup was not enough of this awesomeness! Thank you so much for this one (and all the others), I’ll be making this often!

  • I’m going to serve this salad as the starter for my New Years lunch (01.01.14). Maybe I’ve missed this data point, but would someone please tell me what the serving yield is for this recipe. Thanks, and Happy New Year!
    NB: The French — perhaps other or all Europeans — eat lentils at New Years to promote growing wealth in the new year.

  • Hello, I think your blog might be having web browser compatibility
    issues. When I take a look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however, when
    opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!
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  • Hi there! I was so inspired by the currants and capers I had to try this recipe, even though I greatly dislike the taste of cumin! So I tweaked the dressing a bit, omitting the tumeric and cumin, and instead using a bit of fresh basil and thyme, and the caper liquid, along with some pomegranate molasses and sherry. I used some nice block feta for garnish. Thank you so much for the inspiration, what an awesome result!

  • What a treat! I was weary of all of spices the recipe included at first and amount of salt, but once mixed all together, SOO AMAZING. Made this dish for a friend who just had their second child and I had to use some real self control not to take (too many) bites. Your blog is so lovely — thank you for sharing!

  • Love it! Definitely enjoyed it in the summer and am now enjoying the transition into fall, when fresh veggies are a little less available and I want substance-y food. Plus, I just married a Canadian and moved to Canada, so anytime I use maple syrup I get to give myself a little mental hi-five and hope that immigration will appreciate my culinary patriotism.

  • I tried it last week and it IS the best lentil salad ever! And it held up for days in the refrigerator. It made a really big bowl and I shared half of it with my friends and they loved too. Omg, thanks so much.

  • Made this salad for a picnic, and it was enjoyed; It is not run of the mill salad fare, and I found the flavors very palatable. Instead of the oil, I used 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds blended with 1/3 cup of water. This worked well.

  • Loved this salad and wanted to email a copy to myself but couldn’t do it. I have been loving chick peas roasted and various other ways but I think lentils will be my new “go to” vegetable/protein for dinner – mixing it up with whatever I have at home.

  • Love this recipe!. It’ll be nice if you could add G+ to your within your share links is easier to share with non-FB users 🙂

  • I pinned this a long time ago and finally got around to making it today: WOW. I ended up having to use a mix of black lentils (incidentally leftover from your Reverse Universe Soup) and grocery-store French lentils because it was all I had on hand, but it was still *fantastic.* Other than that I followed the recipe exactly, adding only goat cheese as a mix-in. Sooooo much more exciting than any of the underwhelming lentil salads I’ve tried. Thanks!

  • Question: Where can I buy these Du Puy lentils online? I live in the midwest and not near health food or specialty stores. I am looking forward to trying this delicious sounding recipe. Thanks!

  • Amazing! Making this to pair with my kale salad for lunch! I had a few spoonfuls and am looking forward to my brown bag tomorrow!

  • Love this recipe– the vinaigrette is so fragrant, and I love the combination of the sweetness of the raisins with the flavors in the dressing and onions and substance of the lentils. Like many others have said– this will be my go-to lentil salad recipe in the future. Delicious!

  • I came across this receipe on Buzzfeed yesterday and after work I tried it. I exchanged the du puy lentils for red ones, cooked them until they were al dente and then mixed them with the dressing. I also added some dried dates and will probably add an apple, too, but the salad, as it is, is really delicious! Thanks for the receipe!

  • This recipe has literally changed my life!! I love it. It has been a saviour for lunches on the go in a city where sandwiches/anything-fried seems to be the only option. And on long journeys when service station food is all there is…I just whip out my lentil salad and feel a bit smug that I’m not chomping on vending-machine rubbish or fast food. Winner!
    I’m not a massive onion fan so I leave out the red onion and add walnuts and sunflower seeds.

  • This is the perfect recipe for lentils. Very tasty and blends well with other salads, I had some chickpea salad and beets and apple salad with in over greens with a lovely slice of home made rustic Tuscan bread drizzled with my best olive oil and a touch of sea salt: All consumed alfresco on a beautiful sunny afternoon while gazing out at the sparkling waters of the lake.

    Nick

  • DELICIOUS!!!! I’m so glad there is so much of it left, so we can enjoy this over and over for the next few days! The tip of my tongue is still tingling from the amazing blend of spices. Absolutely mouth-watering.
    I opted for raisins in the place of currants, and before serving added arugula, goat cheese, and walnuts. AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!!

  • This was LOVELY! Loved the dressing but may cut the salt next time. Loved the capers! I used raisins which I chopped finely. I added chopped red pepper and served on a bed of arugula and pea shoots with feta on top for dinner last night. I had some of the lentil salad for lunch today and it was even better! What a keeper! And such wonderfully healthy spices too!

  • This is truly the best lentil salad I’ve ever eaten. I omitted the black and red pepper for my kids’ sake, along with the capers and currants. I substituted a large, sauteed leek for the onion and added a big handful of chopped cilantro at the end. It was fabulous for dinner, served over warm farro with a squeeze of lemon. My daughters devoured it and took the leftovers to school for their lunch today.

    Love your blog!

  • It is truly the best! I am totally addicted to it to be honest. Today I actually used the seasoning to create my first ever lentil dip (with a bit more mustard and some oat flour), and it is still awesome!
    Thank you!

  • oh, and there weren’t any red onions, so i used a shallot instead – works just great, as far as i can taste. (-:

  • i’ve tried a bunch of lentil salads, and this one knocks the socks off of ALL the rest. i wasn’t sure about all the spices in the dressing, but it’s quite heavenly and perfect. i made this with 3:1 lentils:pearl barley and threw in a roasted sweet potato. then added arugula, walnuts, and goat cheese. WOW! i will be making this all summer. i’m eating it as i write this…oooh the cayenne is so nice. you’re the best, sarah!

  • I’ve been so tired of green lentil soups so I wanted to make a fresh cold lentil salad w/a different type of lentil. This is the best lentil salad I’ve ever had. From the warm spices to the refreshing bite of the vinegar and capers it was perfectly balanced. I will make this my new household staple. Thanks for making me feel like eating healthy is delicious!

  • Sarah, I love your food and this salad is just amazing. What other recipes do you have that you think are as special as this one? You’ve used the word ‘best’ very appropriately.

  • I was skeptical about this recipe because the flavors are indeed unexpected. I would never think to pair all those spices together, but that’s what drew me in (and Sarah B.’s recipes never disappoint)!

    This was so tasty. I added lots of cucumber, subbed cranberries for currants, added raw kale, and served it topped with avocado, toasted walnuts, and hemp seeds. I halved it and it made around 6 generous servings (I think); regardless, halving the recipe still makes a lot. I plan on only making the full recipe for large gatherings like parties and potlucks.

  • Amazing! I was heavy-handed with the cayenne and turmeric….threw in roasted butternut squash and the goat cheese, arugula and walnuts as suggested……divine!

  • Sarah, I love your blog and I LOVE this salad. I just wanted to share my new favourite ingredient: cilantro sprouts (often available at your local health food store). They add the perfect texture and flavor.

  • This is now my go-to lentil salad recipe. At first I thought it was too big, but found myself eating it straight out of the salad bowl every time I passed the fridge. So glad I found your beautiful blog.

  • I´ve never been a big lentil salad fan- but I LOVE this and I have made it twice already, adding in red pepper and cabbage. Season´s greetings and keep up the good work!

  • My goodness this was so darn yummy. I had to make some substitutions (green lentils, dates and balsamic vinegar) because I was missing some items. Will make again and again.

  • You are not kidding when you say this is the best. I could not agree more. The flavors are dynamic without being overpowering. And it’s versatility would allow you to take it on a picnic but also dress it up with toasted nuts and crumbly cheese for a dinner party side. Lovely.

  • This was so tasty, thank you. Mmm mmm such a surprise of flavours and it goes with anything (I also home-smoked some salmon and they went very well together!).

  • Holy moly. I was skeptical at first, but this dressing is dy-no-mite!! I only added 1 tsp each of salt n peppa, and was a little shy with the spices but kept up the ratio. mmmmmmmmmm so damn good! Thanks Sarah!

  • Hello Sarah,

    I made your lentil salad last week and it was just great!
    In general, I love mixing ingredients that might at first sight seem a little exotic together, that´s why this salad absolutely suits my taste. I hadn´t thought that all the spices in the dressing work soo well together.
    And congratulations to your great blog, I will get further inspiration here (and information).
    Best regards,
    Sarah

  • Looks great! My Mom’s lentil recipe is JUST as good and addictive!

    Nancy’s Lentil Salad:

    Cooked lentils (any kind will do)
    Red onion, minced finely
    One bunch of italian parsley, finely minced

    Dressing for lentils:

    minced garlic
    red wine vinegar
    oil
    dijon mustard
    a little powder ranch mix

    Mix the dressing in a jar and pour over lentils, onion and parsley. Soooooo good! When she makes this I literally eat 3 cups of lentils in one sitting!!!

    -Natalie Casados

  • THANK YOU!

    I echo many of the above comments. My mother needs to eat a lot more of the ‘hardcore’ vegetarian foods for health reasons. She loved this, along with a few others delights shared on the website. The nutritional information written is also brilliant. Thanks again! 🙂

  • This salad REALLY is amazing. We made it yesterday and LOVE it. THank you. Also, I am so happy I found your blog. It’s absolutely beautiful and full of wonderful information. Thank you for all the time you put into it.

  • This recipe rocked my socks off! The vinaigrette is mind-blowingly good and really works with lentils. Did this one with tart dried cherries (cause I couldn’t find dried currants); added minced carrots and celery, chopped parsley, and goat cheese. Goat cheese is beautiful in this salad, and I saw someone’s comment about pomegranate seeds, which would also be amazing. Will definitely make this again!

  • I made this salad for fathers day and it was amazing. I followed the recipe except I doubled the olive oil and spice mixture becuase it was a little dry with amounts provided. The goat cheese and celery were perfect additions. Im eating it today, on the third day, and it is even better. I served it with butter seared scallop and it was a hit!!! Next time I will increase the amount of capers, add carrots, and make it a day or two before it is to be served.

  • Oh Em Geeeeee! This baby rocks!!!
    I added lemon and sumac and from this day forward I vow to always have some of this in my fridge 🙂

  • I made this for a school potluck recently and everyone loved it- even the somewhat elderly, diabetic (mean) security guard. Keeper. I chopped up fresh tomato and cucumber in it.

  • I made this salad sometime last week and am still eating it. Tonight I roasted broccoli with olive oil, and salt, then mixed it up finely chopped with the salad. Added a squeeze of lemon and some flax oil and I was set! Best lentil salad with broccoli ever!

  • Just made this as part of a diet drive. Wife and myself loved it! A real middle eastern twist those spices and the Le Puy lentils themselves were delicious (couldn’t ever imagine writing that!).

    Many thanks.

  • I made this lentil salad for tonight, with fresh creamy coat cheese and cilantro in addition. My husband was almost blown away and said: this is the best lentil salad ever! – I said: I know, Sarah already said so… 🙂

    THANKS for sharing this wonderful recipe! – My kitchen is so much enriched by your blog, you are my BIG discovery!

    Good night from Iren, who is soaking almonds for fresh milk tomorrow…

  • i adapted the best lentil salad ever into the best dolma filling ever!! took the tip of adding goats cheese, plus many sprigs of fresh herbs and served with orange or pomegranate seeds
    thankyou!!

  • Made this for lunch and it was A-AMAZING! I feel all zingy this afternoon and I think it might be something to do with all the wonderful spices that went into the dressing. Love this site more and more each day.

  • That is one amazing salad.
    It doesnt happen often when something labeled ‘the best’ actually delivers.

    I didnt have cloves. But it still worked greatly.

  • I made this salad and the flavor from the spice blend was definitely harmonious, but slightly intense. I found that mixing it considerably with some quinoa was an excellent and, for me, necessary merge for this salad.

  • I am making this salad for about the fifth or sixth time. Every time I make it I end up sending the link to your blog to a whole bunch of people because everyone goes NUTS over it. Seriously good. I have made several other recipes from your blog since and have loved them all. Keep up the amazing work!

  • I was a little skeptical about a lentil salad actually being delicious, but I can confidently say that I have now made this salad TWICE. I’ve halved the recipe both times and I quite seriously need to put aside half and put it in the fridge to stop myself consuming the whole thing in one sitting. You really weren’t kidding… it’s amazing.

  • I just made a lentil salad based on your recipe and it was so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful recipes, and inspiring others to live healthier!

  • Sarah, I have been looking for a lentil recipe that looks like I want to try it and this sounds delish! They are sooo good for you that I hope I can convince the kids to try this too! Thanx for sharing your fave!

  • I have been reading your other blog for awhile and I don’t know why it took me so long to click over to this one. It’s inspiring! I am going to print out lots of your recipes to try. I think my stomach will thank me for it.

  • Hi,
    I came across your blog a little while ago.
    Made the lentils the other day and wow, they were good. Havn’t seen DuPuy lentils yet here in Vienna, but I used beluga lentils that keep the bite too.
    By the way, I also tried your sexy spring rolls with the sweet potato filling and the bean buttter … really yummy too. Thanks a lot for sharing and I look forward to your next recipes 🙂

  • Al dente lentils are a revelation for me! They were incredible with the nicely spiced vinaigrette. My toddler had a ton of fun nibbling on the cardamom pods and shaking the jar, so thanks for the yums and the fun!

  • Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I’m going to have to make this very soon, it sounds so good! Then I’ll finish with a raw chocolate milkshake, yum.

  • we love lentil salads, and i’ve bookmarked this for when we are back home.

    your new (to me) blog layout looks awesome!
    i usually just follow through google reader so i hadn’t seen the blog header and side bar. e

    just wanted to let you know it looks perfect.
    fresh, simple, and classy

    best,

    nate

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