January 23rd, 2012
Easy Lentil Salad

By Aurora Ibarra

Eating healthy doesn’t get any easier, cheaper or tastier than this easy lentil salad. This lentil salad is your ultimate power lunch! Protein-packed lentils, sweet roasted red bell peppers, spicy shallots, fresh basil leaves, and a lemony dressing make this a healthy and fulfilling meal.

Feel free to throw any of your favorite vegetables — this salad is anything but bland and helps you keep those New Year’s resolutions! ¡Buen provecho!

Yields 1 serving

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Preparation Time: 10 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons dried green lentils
  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoons Tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. Put the water, lentils, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, or until lentils are fully cooked through- alternatively you can used canned lentils, just drain and rinse them before using. Drain the lentils and place in a big mixing bowl.
  2. Throw in the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.

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