I’ll just come right out and say it – it’s super intimidating for any food blogger to present a lentil salad recipe after the advent of the Best Lentil Salad, Ever by Sarah B. of My New Roots. I’ve tried it, and it IS pretty darn amazing (except that I don’t like dried fruit in savory salads!!). But today I humbly submit my own version of the “best” lentil salad ever, made with my favorite spices and simply tossed with my favorite two accoutrements – sunflower seeds and parsley.
I’ve actually had this recipe in my back pocket for almost a year, but I was unhappy with how the original photos came out and wanted to re-shoot them. (A task which I sorely procrastinated on). But my best friend took the day off from work a few weeks ago, and came over to help me work on this salad and re-take the photos. (Recipe creating is so much more fun when you have a sous-chef!!) So here it is, finally – my favorite lentil salad. I hope you all love it! :)
Green Lentil Salad
- 1 Cup Green Lentils
- Water for cooking
- Juice from 1/2 Lemon
- 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
- 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Paprika
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Basil
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1/8 Tsp Cumin
- 1/8 Tsp Coriander
- 1/4 Tsp Turmeric
- Sprinkle of Cayenne optional
The Rest of the Salad
- 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Parsley chopped
- Start by cooking the lentils much like you would pasta. Bring a pot of water to boil, then add in lentils. Cook for about 15 minutes. When done, drain and let cool.
- Make dressing by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, and spices in a little bowl.
- In a bowl, combine lentils, sunflower seeds, and parsley. Add in dressing and stir until evenly combined.
- Serve and enjoy!
Link of the Day:
In the spirit of lentils, I’m seriously eyeing these lentil-stuffed acorn squash rings by Pure Ella!
If you make this recipe and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)
Rebecca @ Strength and SunshineNovember 3, 2016 at 9:30 am
Just about every spice you could love is in there :D
SarahNovember 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm
I couldn’t agree more!! :)
Gabriella @ Putumayo KitchenNovember 3, 2016 at 9:48 am
This looks so great! I do love the my new roots lentil salad, but this looks equally delicious (and great to be without dried fruit – I agree!) x
SarahNovember 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm
We all can agree that the MNR salad is amazing, but there’s definitely room for more lentil salads out there!! ;) Thanks Gabriella!! :)
KatrinaNovember 3, 2016 at 10:55 am
Such a healthy bowl! I love this!
SarahNovember 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm
Thanks girl!! <3
Rachel @ Baking Up BlissNovember 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Looks fantastic! I’m always trying to get more lentils into my diet, so I can’t wait to try this. The perfect balance of simple and interesting!
SarahNovember 4, 2016 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rachel!! Hope you like it! :)
JodiNovember 5, 2016 at 12:59 am
Ah I love a good lentil salad – and this one looks like it won’t disappoint! The spice combo in here i really my kind of style. Thanks for sharing, Sarah – never even think about holding back on your favorite recipes, we all bring something different to table! x
SarahNovember 6, 2016 at 11:17 am
That’s such a great attitude, Jodi, I love it :) Thanks girl!! <3